Friday, May 26, 2017

This week's lesson (May 20-26): be who you are

What would it be like to have a super-power . . .

But while everyone else has superpowers that are really terrific -- you know, powers like super-strength, supper-speed, or the ability to read minds . . .

Yes, they've all got the kind of super-powers that people want . . .

But your super-powers are kind of lame.

Like maybe you have the ability to communicate with small, household appliances.

Or maybe you can determine the age of rocks by their taste.

Or maybe you just smell good to cows.

So while everybody else is out there battling crime, thwarting villains, and signing movie contracts . . .

You're in a field.

Surrounded by cows.

Talking to an electric can-opener.

About that new patch of limestone, down by the creek.

Lame, right?

But that's the way I feel when we talk about the spiritual gifts listed in scriptures such as 2 Peter 1:5-7.

I mean, here we have the Creator of the Universe -- the Master of Infinite Power, and Infinite Wisdom . . . somebody, in short, who can do a lot better than the Avengers or the Justice Society.

But does He give us X-ray vision?

Does He give us a freeze-ray?

Does He give us the ability to shoot lightning bolts from our fingertips?

No.

Instead, we get things like faith.

Goodness.

Self-control.

Kindness.

And love.

Really lame stuff -- right?

But if the Master of Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom chose to give us these gifts . . .

Lame as they seem to be . . .

Then what kind of people does this world really need?

What kind of powers should those people have?

And what kind of powers are the most difficult to practice?

Friday, May 19, 2017

This week's lesson (May 13-19): Jesus in the writings of Peter

A true story.

Maybe.

It's 1962, and a heavy-duty theologian by the name of Karl Barth is visiting the heavy-duty seminary at the University of Chicago . . .

And while he's there, a student asks him to sum up his life's work in one sentence.

So he says, "Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

And that's it.

That's all he said.

A true story?

Maybe.

But if you were asked the sum up your beliefs in one sentence . . .

Then what would you say?

Friday, May 12, 2017

This week's lesson (May 6-12): servant leadership

1. You can't be a leader if you don't have followers.

2. That's why leaders need to take care of their followers.

3. If you want to be a leader, but you don't want to take care of your followers, then refer back to Rule #1.

-- I Peter 5:1-10 (Campbell's Condensed Version)

Friday, May 05, 2017

This week's lesson (April 29-May 5): Suffering for Christ.

1. Everyone suffers.

2. Try to be one of those who suffer for a good reason.

--I Peter 3:13-4:19 (Campbell's Condensed Version)