We often fear people because they are different, which can lead us to demonize and mistreat them. But Jesus teaches that love casts out fear and then models a new way of relating to others by crossing religious, racial, gender, socioeconomic, and political boundaries. His compassionate example invites us to engage difference not as dangerous but as mutually enriching. Check out this message to see how.
In this Easter message, I explain that the resurrection is not only about Jesus but also us. Through all of the trials and tragedies of life, God peels away our defense mechanisms and character defects, crucifies our ego, taps into our true self, and transforms us with life-giving power.
In this Palm Sunday message, Pastor Mark looks at the life and teachings of Jesus to explore the implications of faith for our politics. Jesus did not promote violence, religious perfectionism, withdrawal from society, or assimilation to corrupt systems. Rather, he spoke truth to power and calls us to do the same.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi, has become a mantra for many people in America who consider themselves to be spiritual but not religious. Many have tried to connect with God by visiting our churches, only to find hypocrisy. Thankfully, Jesus anticipated this problem in his followers and gave us ways to self-correct. The solution is not moral perfection, but honesty.
The central characteristic of Jesus’ life was compassion, and there’s no place we see this more clearly than in his treatment of people who suffered various diseases and disabilities.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, our country was again shaken to its core by another mass school shooting. Some pastors are reluctant to speak-out in the pulpit because the issues around gun violence are so politicized, but in this message Pastor Mark tackles them head-on. While there is no panacea to school shootings, there are things we can do (and should do) as citizens and Christians, but nothing will get done if we don't find ways to talk to each other across the political divide and focus on solutions. For Christ's sake, we all need to come together and act.