Pastor’s Corner 8/4/19

Dear Friends,
                 This week over at Covenant UMC, I’m talking about Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The message is another in our Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity sermon series. In chapter 12, “Practicing Resurrection” authors David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy unpack–and challenge–popular beliefs around the resurrection. Throughout the book as a whole, Felten and Procter-Murphy urge the reader to consider the power of the scriptures as stories rather than stake their meaning on absolute factual accuracy.
                There is certainly a diversity of opinions among the family of Christ, but regardless of what one believes about the details, we can agree upon this: the resurrection is not merely a story. The story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was meaningful and life changing enough for the disciples and early Christians to risk their lives over. It is the story of triumph. Of good overcoming evil. Of sin and death no longer having the last word. A story that tells us that there is a God who radically loves us and that because of God’s love, there is light in the darkness that cannot be overcome. The late author Rachel Held Evans wrote “I am a Christian…because the story of Jesus is something I’m willing to be wrong about.”
                In my short time here, I’ve had the honor of hearing some of your stories. I’ve learned about your lives, your journeys, and how you have encountered God’s grace. I invite you to ask yourselves this question: what difference does the story of Christ and his resurrection make for you in your own story?  And ultimately, how can we tell our stories to the world, and show God’s love and light in a world seemingly overcome by darkness? 
In Christ,
Pastor Anna