Pastoral Series

A New Series for a New Year: Reconciliation

A New Series for a New Year: Reconciliation


We begin our new year with a new series that will last through Ash Wednesday, March 1.  “Reconciliation” will be our subject.  The Christian message, and the Christian life, is all about reconciliation: our need to be reconciled to God, and then our need to be reconciled to one another.

Paul put it so beautifully: “Regard no one from a human point of view.  If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  So we are ambassadors for Christ.  Be reconciled to God… so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:16-21).

If you sense distance between you and God, reconciliation is the bridge across that gap, the way home to God.  And if you also sense distance between you and other people, part of the fix is fixing things between yourself and God – and then healing relationships with others.  In our divided society, we need this skill, this art, this miraculous possibility more than ever.

In addition to these emails, we have an amazing slate of programs: check this out, and plan now to join us for favorite Bible stories on healing (featuring me and special guests), an anonymous Q&A about black culture, a conversation with Matt Rawle on To Kill a Mockingbird, listening to a fabulous choir sing black spirituals (with conversation on their deep meanings), a renowned scholar teaching about Paul, and a rising star in the theological world helping us understand why we as Christians get divided, and how we might unify.

In the meantime, now that I’ve raised the issue of reconciliation, help me by clicking ‘reply,’ and share with me anything in your life, or what you perceive out in the world, where reconciliation is needed.

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