Well, July 4th. turned out to be quite an occasion - even for an Englishman! After our morning service the church served about 4000 hotdogs to neighbors as we watched the Wheaton parade! Earlier, on this day for celebrating the Declaration of Independence, the questions and teaching of Jesus in Mark 8:22-9:1 challenged us to Declare Dependence on him. And this is the demanding issue of faith as Jesus asks: "Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:27)
This coming Sunday we look at the questions Jesus asks in Mark 4:35-41. This story of the calming of the storm is the classic nature miracle, and raises massive issues about the kind of Lord Jesus Christ we worship. Just how much do we claim: "For by him all things were created (Col 1:16)?
Jesus' questions probe another TRUTH SPACE: "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" As we look at this short story together let's go on asking what God is saying to us and seeing to do with us! Any reflections will be welcome.