Pastor Zeke’s Blog
I love being the pastor of a multi-ethnic church. Whether it’s sampling pupusas at a potluck breakfast or enjoying the variations of expressiveness during Sunday morning worship, I really appreciate being part of a diverse community of people trying to follow Jesus together. In fact, I think the Scripture is clear that our diversity is literally a little taste of heaven.
Lament is appropriate. But afterwards, we tend to ask questions—hard questions. What’s the answer? What’s the solution? We know violence isn’t the answer. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Politics don’t seem to be much more than a limited part of the solution. If there was an easy political solution, wouldn’t it already have been implemented? No, we need something different. Something more. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but there are two things I feel strongly about.
When the game was over, I breathed a sigh of relief that my team had won, but as I was reflecting on how close my team came to losing, I thought about how sometimes in life, one decision (like one pitch) can make a big difference. Will I say yes or no to that temptation? When I fall down, will I quit or get back up? Will I forgive or hold a grudge? Will I pray or go it alone?
Do you ever struggle with authenticity? I find that to be authentic, I need to experience grace. In other words, if I reveal my true self to you, but feel judged and condemned, then it is unlikely I will let my guard down again anytime soon. If, however, we are “real” with one another and still accept each other, then authenticity can increase.
Some churches emphasize baptism. There are even denominations associated with it. Have you ever wondered what it’s all about and just how important it is?
Whether you are a young dad (like I was in the family Father’s Day photo above—that’s my son on my lap) or your children are already grown up and on their own, we all know that on days like Father’s Day, we tend to evaluate ourselves and our fatherhood, and perhaps at times, we feel like we could have or should have done better. It’s for that moment that I want to share with you three things leading up to this Father’s Day.