In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons.
Hi, friends! I am so excited about our upcoming sermon series, RUTH: Refugees, Relationships and Redemption. While you (or a friend) will be able to engage with any of the sermons without preparation, this series is going to involve a bit of a deeper scriptural dive than we usually take in our sermon series. So, this is a really excellent opportunity for you to incorporate Ruth into your regular bible reading (or to use it to start a bible reading system). Here is a link to the first chapter.
Ruth is part of what Christianity calls the historical books of the Hebrew Scriptures, and so it is situated alongside descriptions of deep tensions and engaged warfare. But Ruth stands out in that it is a story of resolution found amidst such tensions. Ruth is sometimes described as being the “fairy tale” of the Hebrew Scriptures because it has a “happily ever after”-style ending. It’s traditionally attributed to the prophet Samuel, but some modern scholars think that its themes and expressions reflect an unknown female author.
Ruth has significance both for the messages contained in the story told in the text and for the connection that it makes with David, the great king of Israel and ancestor to Jesus. As you read it, I invite you to consider what theological implications are present for contemporary Christians. Ruth is four brief chapters that can be read in one sitting. If you prefer to pace your reading, Sunday’s sermon will emphasize Chapter 1. May 28 will explore chapter 2, and the following Sunday will work in Chapter 3 and 4. Ruth explores lots of ideas, not the least of which are relationships and gender politics. Note that even in the first verse, there is a prioritization of a man, with passing reference to the wife and two sons. The wife, Naomi, will be one of the two heroines of the book. Within five verses, the three mentioned men will be dead and Naomi will be left to plot her future.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you!
May 19, 2017 - 3:41 pm
“And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14
Hi, Revolution community!
I pray that this week is going well in each of your environments, and that the love of God is being spoken to you and through you every day.
As most of you know, Saturday will be our Retro Rev Bowl! It promises to be a fun time with fellowship, costumes, food, bowling and an opportunity to provide financial support for both Revolution and Neighbor2Neighbor. While I am confident it will be a meaningful time to be in community with folks you know from Revolution, it is also an ideal time to invite someone who might not be familiar with our church.
Too often in our world, church (and Christians) are perceived as places (and people) of condemnation -- those who celebrate judgment rather than resurrection. I hope you will embrace the Rev Bowl as an opportunity to be conduits of the grace and love that have been offered to each of God’s children.
Even if you are unable to join us on Saturday evening, I’d ask you to take a moment at 7:00 p.m. to offer a prayer for our church as we join together in the joy of fellowship and seek to share that joy in a way that will draw us closer to our church, our community and the Kingdom of God.
May 5, 2017 - 3:46 pm
500 W. 40th St. KCMO 64111(816)931-1858sunday mornings at 11:30