A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Christopher Mack

A Good Man Is Hard To Find Scripture: Ruth 4:1, 3-6, 9-12 “‘A good man is hard to find,’ Red Sammy said. ‘Everything is getting terrible. I remember the days you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched. Not no more.’” —Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find We are living […]

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

Grace and truth. Faith and works. Peace and conflict. Fate and freewill. We often don’t live well within life’s tensions. When I was a teenage Christian I got the notion that I wanted to be metaphorically on fire for God until my whole life had been exhausted for God’s glory. It seemed passionate and purposeful. […]

King Me by Christopher Mack

Scripture: Deuteronomy 17:14-20 King Me by Christopher Mack As a young kid who dabbled in checkers, I relished in getting to say to my opponent “King me.” It was the moment a predictable foot soldier became a powerful king. It could tilt the tide of a game dramatically. And though I was unaware of it, […]

Redemptive Body Image by Christopher Mack

Scripture: Romans 8:1-17 Redemptive Body Image Many of us carry lots of insecurity, anxiety, shame, and resentment about our bodies. We are inundated with messages from the corporate prophets of advertising reminding us of our need to be physically other than we currently are in order to be more attractive and thus happy. We also […]

Common Good Spirituality by Christopher Mack

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-12 Common Good Spirituality I entered into the Christian faith at age thirteen. My parents joked that becoming a devout Christian was my form of “teenage rebellion.” They attended church sparingly. I jumped into my new faith with all the zeal and enthusiasm you might expect from an adolescent. My closet filled […]

With Great Power…by Christopher Mack

Scripture: Acts 13:1-3, 13-14, 44-52 With Great Power… “With great power comes great responsibility” The Spider-Man film franchise engrained this onto my psyche. We aren’t given powers and gifts to make much of ourselves. Our power and privilege is to be used to invite others into justice and to have a seat at the table. […]

Possessed By Our Possessions by Christopher Mack

Scripture: Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37 Possessed By Our Possessions A good friend from Waco, Texas introduced me to the concept of Retail Therapy or as he likes to call it, “Buying a lil happy.” It changed the way I viewed shopping. Whether walking the aisles at HEB, surfing the webpages of amazon.com, or viewing ubiquitous advertising, […]

Guerrilla Theater… Can You See It? by Christopher Mack

Guerrilla Theater… Can You See It? Scripture: Matthew 21:12-22 The Prophet Ezekiel was one of the more unsettling and bizarre prophets whose ministry was preserved in scripture. He witnessed firsthand Judah under violent attack and was taken captive to the foreign land of Babylon. This was an extremely traumatic experience. As a prophet, his unusual […]

Expanding Sacred Space

Expanding Sacred Space Jesus journeyed beyond the typical and expected places to seek and save the broken, wandering, and hurting. Though Jesus did teach at the Temple and the synagogue, he also gained a reputation for being found in the company and at the parties of those with whom upstanding spiritual leaders were not supposed […]

Rest from Endlessly Proving Yourself

Rest from Endlessly Proving Yourself Six days for work. One for rest. It is an ancient formula the Hebrew people have been leaning into for thousands of years. It affirms the dignity and purpose of work, as well as the rightness and importance of a life and identity beyond our working. Theologically, it holds up […]