Day 287

Today’s Reading – Matthew 13 and  Luke 8

They laughed at Him because they knew she was dead.   Luke 8:53 CEB

Headline from Magazine: The Church is Dead…

It seems like every time I log-on there is a new report about the decline, decay, or demise of the church. The American church, and the evangelical branch in particular, seems infatuated with news of its own death almost as much as myths of its persecution. Perhaps we like these reports because they keep us in a perpetual state of crisis which fuels the theatrics long associated with our brand of Christianity. (Christianity Today June 2011)

I am amazed how much ‘they’ know.

How many people have told you the ‘church’ is dead?

The church is just not a culturally relevant entity today?

Even those of us inside the church can find ourselves questioning the ‘life’ of the church.

And then I read today’s passage. I see Jesus looking at these people who know better . . . she’s dead . . . the church is dead . . . go away . . . nothing to look at here . . . give up . . .

It is in that moment that I see Jesus with a wry smile as HE thinks to himself – “wait ’til they see what I have in store for them . . .”

Don’t give up! The church isn’t dead.

I know because Christ hasn’t abandoned the church!

Take another look.

Give church a chance this weekend. Try a different church. Try the same one.

Just don’t give up!

Jesus hasn’t given up yet!


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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