Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October Series at Southgate

I hear voices. And you do too! With the constant flow of information, entertainment, music and other media that excite the senses messages are being delivered relentlessly and often powerfully. “You need to lose weight.” ” Your life sucks.” “Nobody cares for you.” “God is a myth.”
This month we are pushing back with one question. “Who told you that?” We’re diving into the Biblical text to uncover the lies and misdirection plays of our culture, our friends and our enemies. Mostly we want to be more highly aware of the voice that matters most.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tailgate & Baptism Sunday 2012

This just may be my favorite weekend of the year. College and pro football are in full swing! Notre Dame beat Michigan at home and Southgate had its annual Tailgate. This year we included baptisms as well. Here are some photos from the weekend. These say so much more than words.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Recovering Rebels

I'm reading through Isaiah right now on my annual Bible plan. I love how the NLT makes chapter 53 (the suffering servant prophecy) so human and so personal. I literally cried when I read this part this morning:

"No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people." (Isaiah 53:8 NLT)

I never considered that Jesus would suffer disappointment of never having a human family but he was a man. A person. Like us. Yet he was unjustly counted among criminals and rebels. I don't know I just feel so compelled to take holy communion so I will.... Right here in my hotel room in Birmingham, AL. Here's to all redeemed and recovering rebels. Cheers!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Beginning and the End

Life is precious. And today here at our Southgate campus life is being celebrated. Right below my office is a baby shower. A young mom-to-be is receiving gifts and sharing the thrill of expectancy. I love laughter in church!

However, in another part of the facility a family will gather and pray together, hear the scriptures together and probably shed more than a few tears together over a wonderful woman named Carrie who just passed away. She used to work in our daycare. I knew her. She was precious!

The 'apparent polarity' of today's activity in one location could seem ironic, but it's not. It's most appropriate because life is precious. That's the point. Life is being celebrated in this space from two perspectives reflecting the heart of the One who loves completely and sacrificially. Our motto here at Southgate is: Love God. Love People. Love Life.

...even when death comes knocking.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Like the Amish!

Jack Hildreth is my friend, associate and a guest blogger here at Mosaic Culture. Here are his thoughts...

I enjoy riding my bicycle a few miles from my house on the open roads through Amish Country. The scenery is made of gold wheat fields, tall corn and rich woods. There are stunning blue birds, gold finches and of course, bright red cardinals.  And who isn’t somewhat curious when they see a horse drawn carriage and children in their dresses and suspenders playing in the yard? Sometimes I wonder if the simple life isn’t better: Where life is about growing your own food and spending time with family and friends. Community and God are central to your life not 'stuff' or your career. Riding through the peaceful countryside I think to myself it would be great if the whole community came and built (not so much) a barn for someone… but a house!  Wow, That would be a great benefit of a good Amish community. But personally, I could never be Amish, I like funky clothing, watching sports on TV, driving cars, listening to music, having an ice cold coke and much more. No, I could not be Amish…

But can we create great community? …the kind of community where people help you feel part of the family and don’t not push, force, or manipulate, but give grace, mercy, and most of all love in all they do. Kind of like the Amish?

Now in the church we may not build physical barns or homes for one another, but we build and change whole communities because we see the people of our city as God does. We will stick together like the Amish not to control and protect our tradition, but to change our community and bring heaven to earth.

So this Sunday, please pray about how you can make a difference and get the full benefit of being molded into Jesus’ hands and feet. Most of all, ask God what you need to give in the miracle offering. Yes, where your treasure is, there your heart will be too. Luke 12:34 Let's experience a miracle together.