Faith Like a Mustard Seed (4 of 4)

While I have reflected on faith and its comparison to various things in nature over the past few days, I turn today to a few of Jesus’ parables about nature. Jesus describes both the kingdom of God and faith as a mustard seed.

Mark 4:30-32, TNIV – “Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

Luke 17:5-6, TNIV – “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” [Jesus] replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

While there are many ways of considering faith, I hope that these reflections have been helpful for you in considering your own faith. I have enjoyed writing them.

What else would you have included in this series?

LifeChurch.tv Internet Campus – Introduction (1 of 8)

As mentioned last week, I recently went on a trip to visit LifeChurch.tv with Clif Guy, Brian Slezak and Chuck Russell. Our purpose was to benchmark their internet campus. If you are interested, read my thoughts on benchmarking and also thoughts on a worship venue benchmark trip.

This series will chronicle some of my thoughts about the trip. I have been processing this trip over the past several days and there are several things that stand out. I will work to focus not on the entire picture, but instead on a few details that have kept me thinking. At the conclusion of this series, I will seek to respond to any questions that you may have about an internet campus – in particular or in general. I will respond to comments along the way and address any larger questions in separate posts.

Clif chronicled the trip in pictures…

Seeing Gray – Wrap Up (6 of 6)

At the beginning of 2008, we started a conversation around the sermon series Seeing Gray: Faith Morality and Politics in a Black and White World at Resurrection. You can see my video responses to each of the sermon themes at these links:

It has been an experiment in the new use of technology at Resurrection through the Seeing Gray You Tube Channel. I really did not know what to expect when the site was set up. The response was not overwhelming, but I think that it was an important step for the congregation in leveraging technology to build a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

What did you think of the series overall? What were some of the strengths? What were some of the weaknesses? How about the use of YouTube? Good? Bad? Indifferent?