Calling All Sinners

Dear Broken,

I once watched an internet talk on the “New Paradigm Churches,” those giant churches, many of which are found in Texas and Southern California. A young man was being interviewed, a pastor of one of the churches who looked about half my age, which is something that seems to be increasingly easy for a larger segment of the population to do. The young man told us that his church gathers each week, led by a rock band, and the median age of those who attended was thirty.

The reporter asked the young pastor to what did he attribute the phenomenal growth of his congregation. The pastor replied, "I think you’ve got a generation of young adults that never had anybody say directly to them, in love, ‘You really, really suck.’ "

Though I might have put the matter much more diplomatically, he had driven a point home with me and many. We’ve told people for so long that they are basically good, they’re making progress, that they are nice people, who always mean the best, but they know better. Are we now at a point where we might speak truth? Might we once again speak of our sinful nature, Jesus' offer of repentance, of our need as sinners for a gracious, forgiving God? If we are, this is a pressing message, and a perfect one for us to explore this Lent.

See Luke 13:1-9 for further reflection.

Let us pray that Jesus might reach into the places of our heart where sin dwells and offer us renewal through the power of repentance.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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