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Looking Toward Sunday, July 15, 2018

This week, we launch a new worship series: Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. We’ve all heard and many of us have said some cliches and half-truths that are loosely attributed to the Bible. Think:

    • God helps those who help themselves.
    • When God closes a door he opens a window.
    • God won’t give you more than you can handle.
    • Love the sinner, hate the sin.

But have you ever stopped to think that spreading half-truth, biblical platitudes might do more harm than good? Take for example, this week’s topic: Everything happens for a reason. What does it say about God that cancer, train wrecks, bad haircuts, and mass shootings happen? What does it say about personal agency when we shrug over our own part in drunk driving accidents, bullying, and just bad planning and pin the causation for our woes on God with a shrug and “Everything happen for a reason”?

Join us this week as we wrestle with what the Bible really says about God’s providence, our own agency, and what other phrases might better offer comfort and accept greater responsibility for our part in the world’s events.

Several men from our choir will offer special music this week. I look forward to taking a break from the heat with you and celebrating our good and gracious God.

See you in the pews,