Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas and any other holiday celebrations you had went well, but I’m glad to see you this morning and glad that you’ve chosen to kick off 2017 in worship, beginning this new year by focusing first on the things of God. Newness is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. When the wise-men came before Herod they asked to see the new king who had been born. In Mark’s gospel one of the first statements an outsider makes about Jesus is that he has a new teaching, and with authority. Newness comes up over and over in the Bible, right up to the end, where in Revelation we hear these words, “behold, I am making all things new.” What a great reminder, here in the new year, that God’s doesn’t give up, that God is always at the work of creation and recreation, always working towards an end goal of newness.
The suggestion for this post was to explain why this blog exists. The simple answer is that I was looking for somewhere to put all the different things I’m writing and doing as a Pastor and this seemed like the best way to do it and make it available to those (probably a small group) that might be interested in it. So I guess the answer is also a little bit of arrogance, I think there may be people out there interested in what I think and say. If you’re one of those people (and I assume you are since you’re here), thanks for the ego boost! If you somehow got here by accident, I hope you find something worth your time. As for what this is eventually going to be, I don’t know. Maybe beyond sermons and devotionals and things like that I’ll get into other thoughts on faith and culture, I’ve got some ideas. Thanks for stopping by, hopefully you’ll finds something here worth your time.