January 31, 2021
Short answer: “one personal, relational God.”
The Hebrews are the first to say the Shema: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Deuteronomy 6:4 The Bible is not a history book nor a science book, although it contains history and science. The Bible is one people’s story of their relationship with the one God. Then with Jesus, it is revealed that the Jews’ story is actually all of our story. In better sense, theology is not a science of God, but rather the story of God and humanity. Also, Numbers 11 demonstrates the personal g-d of the Hebrews – and in very trashy relationships. Practical application: how to choose a translation.
January 24, 2021
Short answer: “baggage.”
“They’ll let anyone go to that church!” it’s been said (pejoratively) of Lakeland. Lakeland is full of people with problems and hang ups. Of course, the danger is that we fall into the trap of “therapy church.” But that is a better alternative than fundamentalism/moralism (rigid toxic conservative) or materialist/liberalism (nothing, no difference than the world, syncretism). Lakeland has always been a collection of ragamuffins, people who didn’t fit in well at cleaned up performance cultures. But rather Lakeland is a group of beggars just telling other beggars where the bread is. Jesus surrounded himself with fishermen, prostitutes, and tax collectors. None of them were chosen by a rabbi as worthy followers (K. Bailey…) The positive outcomes are honest fellowship, celebrating each Lakelander’s everyday life and simple accomplishments; leitourgia (liturgy – the work of the people); and contemplative spirituality within a “stages of faith” discipleship model (Milestones).
January 17, 2021
We study the Seven Churches of Relevation to see what this book might mean to Lakeland Community.
January 10, 2021
When we have an election the question is always asked, "Who is the Antichrist?" In this message we seek the answer.
January 3, 2021
When there is a pandemic, natural disasters, and war, it's natural to ask, "Is this the end?" In this message we look to scripture for an answer.