An Angry Savior

From your lives of challenge,
of hard work, of weariness, and loneliness, come and worship.
In tough times and times of joy, it “is zeal for your house that has consumed me…” (Psalm 69:9a CEB)

From lives of righteous anger, frustration at injustice, and weeping for what could have and could yet be, come and worship.
“The insults of those who insult [God] have fallen on me.” They harm my neighbors and even themselves. (Psalm 69:9b CEB)

From your lives, gather round to hear the story of Jesus whose anger erupts when the church is a place of selfishness and greed at the expense of the meek, poor, and marginalized.
“He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, including the cattle and the sheep.” (John 2:15 CEB)

Indeed he did. Come and worship the God of Jesus.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.” (Psalm 69:13 CEB)

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, John, John 2, John 2:13-25, narrative lectionary, Psalm 69, Psalm 69:1-16, Psalm 69:13, Psalm 69:9, Psalms, Uncategorized

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