Eschatology

Eschatology

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street – downtown Wilmington) at 9am.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 10.1-12.  In this passage Jesus explains to his disciples that if they are not welcomed in the towns that he commissions them to go, then judgment will come upon them.  Actually, the judgment that will come upon them will be worse then what happened to Sodom (Genesis 19.24-26).  It is worth noting how important welcome is in our understanding of Christ’s call to be a city of welcome here in Wilmington.  This has an eschatological significance, for Jesus says that we will be judged for not being a city of welcome.  There will be a judgment and we will be judged for being a city of welcome.  Let’s gather together and learn more about what it means to be a people of...
Sharing Food

Sharing Food

I believe in sharing food – I am even willing to get arrested for it.  As I have been reading closely Luke 10.1-12, I have become more and more convinced that our calling in this city is to be the townspeople that welcome those whom God has sent.  This notion that we are to welcome people and share food with them is radical, for we live in a culture of scarcity, and this action is one that is of exuberant abundance. In Luke 10.1-12 – we see that the townspeople welcome the disciples as people of peace – and then in verse 7 Jesus instructs to “Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid.” This welcome we are called to extend to those who are coming to our city is to be a welcome that involves table fellowship. It involves the sitting down and enjoying one another over a bowl of soup, a cup of coffee, and a juicy hamburger. It involves pausing and allowing the nourishment to be enjoyed and the conversation to flourish. It involves us allowing food to be a vehicle of welcome and not something we horde for ourselves. Because this food is “our daily bread”. It is not my daily bread – or your daily bread – but it is our daily bread. For in this pronouncement we can notice that this is a communal meal – for it is a meal of welcome and not a meal of isolation. Continuing to verse 8 Jesus says: “Whenever you enter a town and its people...
The Choice To Be the People of Peace – Healing

The Choice To Be the People of Peace – Healing

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at Temple of Israel at 9am.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 10.1-12.  In this passage we learn that the townspeople were the recipients of healing from the disciples.  Jesus had commissioned his disciples to go to the towns that he was planning on going to.  They were commissioned to go and heal those who were sick.  We at The Anchor are called to be a people of welcome ——- just like the townspeople that received the disciples.  In that welcome, we are the beneficiaries of the miraculous healing that Christ instructed his disciples to perform.  Let’s gathering and receive the healing that Jesus offers...
Sharing Food

Sharing Food

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street – downtown Wilmington) at 9am.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 10.1-12.  In this passage we learn that the townspeople welcomed the disciples and shared food their food.  In verse 7 the townspeople provided food for the disciples and the food was payment for their labor.  As we welcome people into our city, how can we share food?  We are called to be a city of welcome and in that calling we are to invite folks to labor in God’s Kingdom.  That invitation includes table fellowship, for we are working in this Godly Kingdom and the fellowship around the table is our...
The Choice to be the People of Peace – Trust

The Choice to be the People of Peace – Trust

On Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am at Temple of Israel fellowship hall.  We will be focusing on Luke 10.1-12.  In this passage we will be looking at this from the perspective of the townspeople and how they had to have a measure of trust.  The townspeople trusted that God had sent the disciples to come and reside with them.  They trusted God and gave of their resources and welcomed the disciples into their homes and hearts.  As we gather, let us remember that the Lord is sending people to our city and we are called to trust God and welcome people into our city and into our...
The Choice to be People of Peace – Dignity & Identity

The Choice to be People of Peace – Dignity & Identity

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 10.1-12.  In this passage we learn that the townspeople welcome the disciples that Jesus sent to their tables and to their homes.  They do this because the disciples have been sent by Jesus and are being received by people that have chosen to be people of peace.  They welcome them and they go to work doing what Christ commissioned them to do.  The townspeople extend to the disciples dignity because their identity is found in the one who sent.  All are invited to come and celebrate the choice to be people of peace on this last Sunday on “The Barge” for the warmer...
The Choice To Be the People of Peace

The Choice To Be the People of Peace

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be shifting our focus from Luke 15 to Luke 22.35.  Jesus talks with his disciples and reminisces about sending them out two-by-two.  Remember that he sent them out without shoes, without money, without a bag, and without food (Luke 10.1-12).  Jesus asked his disciples in Luke 22.35 if they had any need?  They answered by saying: “No, not a thing.”  Juxtapose that with what the experience is of the youngest son who squandered the inheritance on riotous living (Luke 15.11-32).  When you look at these two stories you can see that the prodigal son found himself in need —– even though he had vast wealth when he arrived in the foreign land —– and the disciples had no need —— even though they went with nothing.  As you can see there is much to look at when we put these two passages in conversation with each other.  We look forward to the next part of our journey looking at how we choose to be people of...
Acknowledging Reality – the Absence of Choice

Acknowledging Reality – the Absence of Choice

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find the youngest son in a situation where he doesn’t have any other choice then to sell himself into a slave-like situation.  He gives himself over to a pig farmer and wallows in the absence that is found in this desperate act that creates despair and hunger.  All are invited to come and take this last look at the story of the prodigal as we continue our look at Old Story / New Story.  Next week we will begin looking at Luke...
Acknowledging Reality – Regret

Acknowledging Reality – Regret

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find the youngest son filled with regret “when he came to himself” (15.17).  Regret can be a debilitating emotion that can hinder our ability to do the good things that are in front of us.  But in this situation regret caused the prodigal son to get up and go back to his father.  Let us gather together and learn more about the situation we find ourselves in here in Wilmington...
Acknowledging Reality – Isolation & Loneliness

Acknowledging Reality – Isolation & Loneliness

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we learn about the youngest son who squandered all of his inheritance and finds himself in need.  At this point of need he had lost all of the shallow friendships and had hired himself out to a pig farmer.  At this point he looks into the slop bucket and sees himself.  He had isolated himself and became lonely in this foreign land. Let us gather and learn more about the reality of isolation & loneliness in our...