t was my first time to preach at the church in Nashville, TN, where I was serving as a student pastor. I won’t forget the man in the cowboy hat sitting in the audience, whom I later learned was country music singer Tim McGraw. Nor will I forget the letter a guy about my age gave me after the sermon.
t is a question every person at some point considers. I want to get at more specific question, “What is life in the Bible?” Jesus said he had come that we might have life to the full (John 10:10). We know that Adam and Eve lost their lives due to rebellion (Genesis 2:17). We know we will all die (Hebrews 9:27). So, what does it mean to live?
For those who don’t follow Jesus, Christmas must seem a bit odd. Behind all the trappings of the season, what’s the big deal about celebrating the birth of a baby named Jesus? And for Christians, sometimes this time of year can be confusing for us as well, for different reasons. Sometimes it isn’t as joyous as it seems like it should be.
So much of our lives are spent trying to impress people who don’t notice. The reason they won’t notice, likely, is that they are busy trying to impress others who won’t notice them. We are always reaching for some level we haven’t yet attained, trying to attract the attention of those who are further along than us.
Have you’ve heard of the lost stories of Jesus? They have been lost for two-thousand years. They’re not some top secret, conspiracy theory, half-baked, collection of pseudo historical teachings of the Christ. The lost stories of Jesus are three parables he told about lost things to illustrate the heart of God.
There are so many great things I can say about the seminary I graduated from. I loved my professors and my classes. But as many before me have stated, there are certain things you can’t learn in seminary. One of them is how to love sheep.