Hungry for God

This week at Eastbrook Church we begin a new series entitled “Hungry for God.” Every human being has deep longings and hungers that propel us forward in life. We are hungry for love, hungry for belonging, hungry to leave a lasting legacy, and so much more. Where do those hungers come from and how can we fill them?

St. Augustine of Hippo famously wrote of God: “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in You.” In this series during Lent, we will explore the hungers of our souls, how God fills those deep hungers through Christ, and the ways in which we can lean into our hungers to experience life with God more fully and with greater satisfaction. Each week, there will be suggestions of specific spiritual practices of taking off certain things (fasting) and putting certain other things (replacing).

Along with the weekend messages, I want to invite you to join a 40-day devotional journey with us at Eastbrook. You can find out more about how to access that devotional in print or electronically here.

March 6 – “Hungry for God” [Journey to the Cross]

March 9/10 – “The Hunger for Love”

March 16/17 “The Hunger for Greatness”

March 23/24 – “The Hunger for Joy”

March 30/31 – “The Hunger to Know”

April 6/7- “The Hunger for Peace”

April 13/14 – “The Hunger to Leave a Legacy” [Palm Sunday]

The Weekend Wanderer: 26 January 2019

The Weekend Wanderer” is a weekly curated selection of news, stories, resources, and media on the intersection of faith and culture for you to explore through your weekend. Wander through these links however you like and in any order you like.

85939“Can We Handle the Truth About Racism and the Church?” – Kathryn Freeman reviews Jemar Tisby’s new book, The Color of Compromise, which is a challenging look at racism in the church. “The Color of Compromise corrects the record by surveying key points in American history where the tide of racial oppression could have been turned back—or at least minimized—had the church stood against it. Instead, as Tisby demonstrates, Christians chose again and again to propagate the American racial caste system.”

 

george whitefield“The Sins of Early Evangelicalism” – And in another book review…here’s a look at Peter Y. Choi’s new biography of George Whitefield, early British evangelist of the Great Awakening and one of the leading influences on contemporary American Christianity. “George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire seeks to avoid the extreme reactions this preacher so often evokes, whether adulation or derision. Toward that end, the book makes space for sincere religious motivations but also does not shy away from a closer look at his more ‘worldly’ activities.”

 

screen shot 2019-01-25 at 8.52.54 am“Christianity’s future looks more like Lady Gaga than Mike Pence” – At least, that’s what CNN reporter Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons says in this latest piece reporting on the very public rifts within Christianity. “Do you stand with Lady Gaga and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Mike Pence and Sarah Sanders? Two disputes in the last week between prominent Christians from the faith’s progressive and fundamentalist sides might help you decide.” Hopefully we don’t make our decisions about what our faith should look like based around two differing forms of popular power. If these are the only two options, then we may want to look for something different altogether.

 

coffee cup“Liturgies of Less…and More” – At Comment Magazine: “In the fall of 2018, contributing editor Sarah Hamersma and Tish Harrison Warren, an Anglican priest and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, sat down to talk about minimalism in both our spiritual lives and our modern world. Both candidly reflect on their own failures to live fully countercultural lives marked by minimalism, but also helpfully provide ways that we might rethink the minimalist impulse in ways that still enjoy the goodness of the feast after the restraints of the fast.”

 

smartphone-twitter-facebook-icons“The Daily Scripture Feed” – Michael Brendan Dougherty has named our modern devotional and liturgical practices. “Our culture has lost its faith in Christ. It has lost a Bible. But it still does a deep exegesis. Our clerical class does its daily devotional reading, it chants its moralizing passages, it experiences incredible transfigurations. The newsfeed makes up the liturgical calendar. The stories are all deeper iterations of stories we know before.”

 

alter hebrew bible“After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible” – From NPR: “For 24 years, literary scholar Robert Alter has been working on a new translation of the Hebrew Bible and — ‘this may shock some of your listeners,’ he warns — he’s been working on it by hand. ‘I’m very particular — I write on narrow-lined paper and I have a Cross mechanical pencil,’ he says. The result is a three-volume set — a translation with commentary — that runs over 3,000 pages.” Alter is renowned for his work on the literary aspects of the Bible, and this is a lifetime achievement for him.

 

[I do not necessarily agree with all the views expressed within the articles linked from this page, but I have read them myself in order to make me think more deeply.]

Advent 2018: join the journey

Advent_App-Wide.pngAs we begin Advent this coming weekend at Eastbrook Church, I wanted to invite you to join us for the newly reformatted Advent Worship Night on Friday, November 30, at 6:30 PM. The gathering will begin in the Worship Hall with a short program and a time of worship, followed by an optional craft making an Advent Wreath (one per household, please!) at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall and a time of fellowship.

Please pre-register for the Advent Wreath craft by Friday, November 23.No registration is required for the worship night, but please bring a plate of cookies to share!

At that gathering, you will also be able to pick up a new Advent Devotional, which our staff team has pulled together in print form, as well in a variety of digital formats online.

Advent devotional 2018

The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin a new series entitled “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering.” As we trace the life of Joseph in Genesis, we get a glimpse of how God is at work in our lives. We can grapple with how we respond in faith through the ups and downs of life. We all face troubles in life, but God is at work in the midst of those troubles, even if He seems hidden. In this Lenten journey, we will explore themes of faith, suffering, God’s hiddenness and God’s sovereignty from the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Read more background to the life of Joseph here.

Along with the weekend messages, I want to invite you to join a 40-day devotional journey. You can find out more about how to access that devotional in print or electronically here.

February 14 – “The Cross in Shadows

February 17/18 – “Descending” (Genesis 37:1-36)

February 24/25 “Caught” (Genesis 39:1-20)

March 3/4 – “Lost and Found” (Genesis 40:1-41:57)

March 10/11 – “Open Wounds” (Genesis 42:1-44:34)

March 17/18 – “Reconciliation” (Genesis 45:1-46:34)

March 24/25 – “Blessing and Rescue” (Genesis 47:1-50:26)

Chosen Words

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Beginning this weekend at Eastbrook we kick off a new series entitled “Chosen Words.” Jesus’ teaching from the upper room and immediately afterwards, found in John 13-17, is the longest sequence of teaching in John’s gospel and unique in its intimacy in comparison with the gospels. Here, Jesus offers His followers some of the most intense teaching at what it means to be His people, speaking words that illuminate His life and ministry, as well as ours as His followers.

Along with the weekend messages, we are inviting the entire congregation of Eastbrook, as well as any others who would like to join us, on a 40-day devotional journey. You can find out how to join the Chosen Words daily devotional here.

February 14/15 – “Servant” (John 13:1-17)

February 21/22 – “Trouble” (John 13:18-14:4)

February 28/March 1 “The Spirit” (John 14:1-31; 15:26-16:15)

* March 7/8 – special guest speaker Pastor Oscar Muriu from Nairobi Chapel

March 14/15 – “Abide” (John 15:1-17)

March 21/22 – “Overcome” (John 15:18-25;16:16-33)

March 28/29 – “Glorify” (John 17:1-26)