What Does the Holy Spirit Do?
What's the most ridiculous prayer you've ever prayed?
I love these alpha "man on the street" interviews. This one's awesome. What is the most ridiculous thing you've ever prayed for? How would you answer that? Do you know that the Holy Spirit will actually pray for you? Romans eight says if you don't know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit will pray for you. That's this week's Alpha question. What is the Holy Spirit do? Come out this week and find out what else the Holy Spirit's up to. And better yet bring a friend to join the conversation.
Is There More to Life Than This?
"After his death and resurrection, while eating with the disciples, Jesus said to them, "Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father has promised, which you've heard me speak about, for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth." And so they waited, they waited and waited. It's like a champagne bottle has been shaken and shaken. And then, finally, on the day of Pentecost, the cork flies off.
"While on Sabbatical, I've been writing some short stories and pieces of music. This little parable speaks to the gratitude I feel for the gift of time and space that the church is sharing with me. - Pastor Gregg"
On the arch of a modest bridge, a novice monk and master rendezvoused. Such was their daily rhythm. Master and disciple would walk side by side and speak—sometimes with words—of the wonders of the spiritual life and the wonders of the life that teemed below the clear stream their footsteps traced. The ways of fish and snails. Ferns and aquatic plants...
Who is Jesus?
"It really is true that God has revealed Himself in Jesus. Jesus really is who he claimed to be. Jesus really did rise from the dead. There is hope beyond this life. There is hope for this life. Right now, in this life. In an encounter with Jesus, we find life and life in all its fullness." Nicky Gumbel
"That was Nicky Gumbel host of the Alpha course telling us what he discovered about Jesus. This week in worship, we'll be exploring the most important question anyone could ever answer. That is, who is Jesus? So join us? Or better yet, find someone who's struggling with the answer to that question or who maybe hasn't discovered it yet, and bring them along." - Jeff Klein
Books from Pastor Gregg’s Sabbatical reading list
One of the delights of being on Sabbatical is having time and space to do some deep reading, thinking, and processing of big ideas. In each segment of this year’s Sabbatical time, I’ll be diving deep into books and stories that touch on the theme of resurrection. I’m so grateful and energized by this opportunity! If you’d like to read along, I invite you to consider picking up one of the following and joining me.