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Above is Mike McHargue, aka "Science Mike," one of the dynamic, insightful speakers at the 2017 Ripple Effect.
One of the most pressing questions facing the church today is one of relevance. In a world with ever-increasing skepticism about faith and mistrust in the institutions of religion, how do we live out our call to transform the world in the name of Christ Jesus?
When we struggle with relevance, we’re struggling with how we live in relationship with our neighbors, and, often, with our understanding of who our neighbors even are.
Charles Wesley’s “And Are We Yet Alive?” implies the difficulty we have in understanding our interconnectedness with others when it associates our living
with our neighboring
. We aren’t alive as human beings, alive in the world, alive in Christ, if we aren’t alive in one another; if we don’t see each other, really
see each other.
And are we yet alive,
And see each other’s face,
Glory, and thanks to Jesus give
For his almighty grace!
The Good News is that we’re not the first to struggle with this.
Even Jesus himself fought with the urge to keep to his own kind, to minister among those with whom he had a common thread and a similar structure of belief and practice of faith. When the Syrophoenician woman comes to him, asking only relief for her suffering child, Jesus scorns her, and insults her, calling her a dog, and sending her away. But the strength of her faith fills his heart with compassion and teaches
Jesus that there is a better way.
The Syrophoenician woman helped Jesus to define what it means to be a neighbor, bound together in community by God’s love, which is for all people everywhere.
The gift of being able to truly see one another’s face is a gift from God, received through Christ, embodied in the way we live with our neighbors, whomever they may be.
Ripple Effect 4.0 invites you to ask the questions: Are we still alive? Is our church still alive? Is our faith
still alive, still vibrant, still relevant - both personally and in community with others?
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