Jesus Christ is a polarizing figure. Say the name “Jesus Christ” in conversation and see what happens: you will experience many and wide-ranging reactions. Not everybody agrees about Jesus’ identity and not everybody is in the same place in relationship to Jesus.
This year, Aspen Ridge will focus on a new and different type of teaching series alongside our celebration of the Christmas holidays. Our series, “He Came,” describes why the Son of God became flesh, entering this broken world.
I have mentioned on more than a few occasions how important it was to hear Marshall Shelley, editor of Leadership Journal, indicate once that a chief responsibility of pastoral ministry is to define realities. Somewhere else I heard a prominent church leader say “facts are your friends.” This all reminds me of the words of John Adams: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
In this light, I introduce a series based on the Gospel of Luke entitled “Tell Me the Story.”
Easter is a distinctly Christian holiday that remembers the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians believe that this resurrection is good news, and that it makes a new relationship with God possible by faith. However, a growing number of people in our community and world do NOT believe that Christianity contains good news.