The Stuff

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In an ABC News special some years ago, “In the Name of God,” Peter Jennings interviewed the founder of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, John Wimber. Wimber said that the first time he went to church he expected dramatic things to happen. After attending three Sundays, he was frustrated. Following the service, he talked to an official-looking man and asked him, “When do they do it?”

“Do what,” the man replied.”

“The stuff,” Wimber answered.

“What stuff?,” said the man.

“The stuff in the Bible,” said Wimber. He went on to say, “You know, multiplying loaves and fish, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind. That stuff.”

“Oh,” the man replied apologetically, "We don’t do that. We believe in it, and we pray about it. But we don’t do it.”

John Wimber was seeking  an authentic experience of Jesus. He was looking for the truth of Christ that permeates into all phases of life, moving off the pages of scripture, through church buildings, into work places, schools, shopping malls, recreation areas, homes and all places in between.

On Sunday Alex Begler, a Junior at Mountain Vista High School will be preaching with me. I had the opportunity to coach Alex the last couple of years in tennis. She and the rest of her teammates have mentored me about life and the realities of a God who moves through public high schools and into the issues teens face today. It will be a blessing for all of us to hear what Christ has to speak through Alex this Sunday.

See John chapter 9 for further reflection.

Prayers: For the faith of our youth. For authentic faith that directs each of us to the path of doing ‘the stuff’ in Jesus' name. Blessed be John Wimber and other modern church leaders memory among us. (John Wimber's ministry rubs up against each of us at God’s Grace literally with regularity as both Ed Edwards and Randy Rigby were discipled by him.) 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor DJ

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