What is the foundation of a strong individual relationship with God? It is the same thing as the foundation of a strong Christian church, or family. This Sunday we will hear the story of Joseph, a very important man in the bible who had to learn the hard way what that foundation was. How we can learn and implement that, without having to do it the hard way, is our topic this Sunday. Based on Genesis 41:1-41.
Moses is one of the greatest figures in the Old Testament, yet he wrestled with doubt about his identity. We all do. In this message, Pastor Scott explores the sources of our doubt, and what God does about it, as we see how Moses ended up writing a more beautiful song than he ever thought he could. Based on Exodus 3:1-11.
I was at the infamous Braves-Cardinals playoff game last Friday night, and it was incredible. I’d never been to a baseball playoff game before, and the atmosphere was electric. When the Braves took the lead on a second inning home run, the stadium floor was jumping up and down with the fans. The Tomahawk Chop, which at every other Braves game I have been to lasted only a minute or two, went on and on. Sometimes it lasted five minutes, sometimes ten, and everyone was doing it. Fifty two thousand people all doing the Tomahawk Chop is something I will never forget.
The game will be remembered for fans throwing trash on the field to dispute a call. The call was atrocious, but the reaction was surprising. I’ve never seen that much passion from Atlanta sports fans. It was actually nice to see them indignant for once. Normally when bad things happen to the Braves, the fans just say “Oh, well,” and move on. The team got hosed, and it was refreshing to see that they weren’t just going to roll over.
Then again, I wish they had found a different way to show it. Throwing beer is a violent act, even if no one gets hurt. I was scared, and my kids were scared, and that shouldn’t happen at a baseball game. I love the passion, Atlanta, but we need a better way to express it.
All in all, though, it was a very memorable night. In addition to the trash, it was Chipper Jones’s last game. It was an amazing experience, comparable to when I went to game five of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and the Olympic volleyball final I saw in 1996. I had never imagined Braves games could be that much fun, and now I’m going to cheer for them in the regular season just because I want to go back to Turner Field for another playoff game.
I guess that means that, after eleven years of living here, I’m now a Braves fan.
Sometimes, it’s easier to imagine God doing something new than fixing something that’s broken. Yet the work God does in the bible, and in our lives, is far more often about fixing what is broken than starting over. Seeing that, and being open to it, are our topics in the sermon from Sunday. Based on Genesis 15:1-6.
BOXES, the short film I’m producing about homelessness, now has a Facebook page! You can like it by going here, and it will keep you up to date on production.
Plus it’s got a Facebook page, so now it’s real!