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We are located at the Southeast corner of Big Beaver and Adams.

3955 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, Michagan  48084
(248) 644-0512 

 

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Sunday
Aug082010

Ready or Not . . .

Luke 12:32-40

I was once asked to housesit for family friends, because they had two Dalmatians needing to be tended to. I think I was still in high school at the time, and all I had to do was walk and feed the dogs, and make sure everything was secure. It wasn’t a difficult job by any means, but since these were friends of the family, I needed to make sure everything was in order when they returned. I knew when they were supposed to return, and I was going to clean things up before they arrived. Now, as some of you know I don’t keep the tidiest of offices, so, you can imagine that I might have let things go just a bit. Of course, I intended to clean everything up before they were supposed to return, but I never thought about what might happen if they returned early and without notice.

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Tuesday
Aug032010

Putting on New Clothes

Colossians 3:1-11
Mark Twain famously said that “Clothes make the man,” and we’re often told to dress for success. In fact there is much truth to this adage, which is why there is a nonprofit called “Dress for Success” that provides appropriate clothing for job seekers. Even in this much more casual era, we seem to understand that clothes stand for something, and by changing our clothes we can change our identity.

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Wednesday
Jul142010

Being a Christian in Today's World

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Luke 10:25-37

 

 

 Growing up, my world seemed pretty simple. Being religious meant being a Christian. I didn't know many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists. I didn't really even know anything about them. About as exotic as any of my friends got was being a Mormon. Today things are different, even if we don't always notice it. Mosques, synagogues, and Temples are everywhere. Just go two miles up Adams, and you'll see a Hindu Temple under construction. Continue on up to Auburn Road and take a right, as you head toward Rochester Road, you'll see two different mosques, one on the left and one on the right. Further down you'll find an Albanian Catholic church, and then coming back down John R, at the corner of Long Lake, you'll find a Romanian Pentecostal church. Turning right on Wattles, you'll come to a Serbian Orthodox Church sitting next to Troy Athens High School, and then further on down Wattles, you'll find a Croatian Catholic Church, a Greek Orthodox Church, a Jehovah's Witness church, and a Reformed Jewish Synagogue. Scattered all along this route you'll find Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, evangelical, Presbyterian, Methodist, and many other traditions. This is just a bit of the religious world I experience all the time, driving around this community.

It is common to hear people say, I'm not religious, but I am spiritual. People who speak of themselves in such a manner tend to be theologically eclectic and often stay clear of the kinds of religious communities I just mentioned. They're concerned that such entities, whether big or small, Christian or not, might put boundaries on their ability to pick and choose what they believe and practice. With all of this religious diversity, from the institutional to the non-institutional, what does it mean to be a Christian? Or perhaps better, what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in today's world?

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Wednesday
Jul072010

True Freedom

Galatians 5:1, 13-25

 

            Today is the Fourth of July, a day that Americans set aside to celebrate the nation’s independence from British rule.  Over the next few days, there will be parades, fireworks, picnics, and more, but, as much as we enjoy celebrating the freedoms we have as Americans, we come to this place and time with a broader sense of freedom and loyalties.   

I’m returning to the text I used last year for the Fourth of July weekend, because, like last year, I’d like to address the issue of freedom.  This text from Galatians is foundational if we’re to understand what it means to truly be free – not as Americans, but as followers of Christ.  The question before is simple:  What is the nature of true freedom?

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Sunday
Jun272010

Duty Calls?

Luke 9:51-62



The Life of Brian, a Monte Python movie from the 1970s, tells the story of a young man who just happens to have been born the same night and just a few houses down from where Jesus was born. Although Brian doesn't want to be a messiah, he gets taken for one by the crowd, which is looking for a messiah. They're not just looking for someone to throw out the Romans, after all, "what have the Romans ever done for us," besides the aqueducts and the roads, they're also looking for someone to tell them what to do. Even though Brian keeps telling the people that they have to think for themselves and that he's "not the messiah," something his mother confirms, telling anyone who will listen, that Brian is really a "very naughty boy," the crowds keep coming to seek his wisdom. In the end, Brian gets the same treatment the Romans give to other would-be messiahs. He gets crucified - another contribution the Romans gave to Judea!

Yes, even though Brian just wants to be left alone so he can live a normal life - with his beloved Judith - despite trying everything he can to flee his would be followers, they won't leave him be. In the end, he gets picked up by the Romans and then is crucified, despite his protestations that he's not a messiah. Well, as his fellow executionees sing to him from their Roman-made crosses, you have to "Always look on the bright side of life." Now, if you're not familiar with Monte Python or the Life of Brian, you probably have no idea about what I'm talking about. Still, even if you don't know much about the Life of Brian, there's a connection between that comedic story and our text. You see, unlike Brian, who denies his messiahship and tries to flee his would-be followers, Jesus understands all-too-well the consequences of his calling. But, despite this knowledge, he still sets his face toward Jerusalem. The question for us today is: Do we understand the consequences of our calling? And, are we willing to follow through?

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