if you want to focus in on
astounding claims he made about himself,
how about the mind-bendingly revolutionary claim of the
divine being human?
spitting in mud,
drinking so much he's accused of being a drunk,
letting people clean his feet with oils,
inviting people to touch his wounded sides.
humanity, now that's interesting.
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Jesus invites us into the full spectrum of human experience,
from lament to exhilaration and everything in between.
from basking in the presence of God,
to cursing at the top of your lunges from the rooftops
because God is nowhere to be found,
shrieking till you're hoarse 'my God, my God, why have
you screwed me'
now that's life.
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here's the twist: the church is not an inanimate, impersonal
product. there is no 'mars hill' in theory. there is no abstract, disembodied entity mars hill apart from the people in this room
who ARE mars hill.
so when people say what's going to happen to mars hill?
they're asking what's going to happen to you. what are you
going to do. how are you going to respond?
you are the answer,
because you are the church.