To The Point for June 11 2020

A Word about the Word

Who is my neighbor?

 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. [Proverbs 17:27]

Is there no limit to windy words? [Job 16:3]

Sometimes the best words are the fewest. The wisest answer is silence. Try it. I will, too. Here we go.

Close to Home

Sunday was our first day back with in-person worship. We were nervous. We didn’t know what or how many to expect. But it was so good to see people again! Those who came were treated to the new Worship Center! One day, when we are all back together, we will give thanks to the Lord and celebrate the new worship space properly.

On Father’s Day, June 21, we will move to Level 2 of our social distancing protocol. With all of the openings that Governor DeWine is announcing, we feel confident that this the right move at this time. This change will allow for a bit more seating in the Worship Center; the Gathering Space (and coffee!) will join the outdoor tent as a venue for fellowship; and student ministry will restart some summer ministries as well. It feels good to be moving in this direction. Of course, we don’t know yet when we will implement Level 3. In the meantime, we will carefully enjoy the added freedoms.

The World as It Is

One of things I observe about this important historical moment of racial tension and call for equality is the seeming lack of one (or several) articulate champions (think Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X or Robert Kennedy). And yet there are a whole host of voices bringing the need and injustice to light.

One such voice is Lecrae. Pastor David calls him the most popular Christian rapper. He shared with me this clear and very biblical perspective from Lecrae.

 https://www.instagram.com/p/CBRBYi6pQhy/?igshid=1bl8xm52hhrr9&fbclid=IwAR2bahqwq_epi1-YJVbfAEcRRFAx6wLR0IrjLgrFLQ2kStMYV3ZNwTxsnzg

As I was rather unfamiliar with Lecrae, I went looking around for other posts of his. I found this interview with him which is rather good. Here’s his “Tell the World” video.

https://qideas.org/qtalks/race-righteous-anger-resolution/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc8x33lAnAk

I promised Trinity a strategy on racial reconciliation. Please give it a look. In the weeks and months ahead, I will unwrap it for us.

https://www.trinitymentor.com/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/racial-reconciliation.pdf

#CultureNerd

COVID-19’s silver lining: Beauty and song emerging from far and farther. Pick your country of choice, Ireland or Russia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TascsWZPj8U&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=priEE70iGPM&feature=youtu.be

And Then There’s This…

Four questions to chew on:

  • When you pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” what images come to your mind?
  • Which of our popular spectator sports will work best without fans in the stands?
  • Does your faith inform your politics, or your politics inform your faith? If the latter, what informs your politics?
  • What did you learn during this pandemic/quarantine about yourself?
I’ll see you on the other side—in person or on the livestream.
Pastor Paul