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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

May 22, 2016

Ezekiel 34, Mark 9:42-47
Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

Before we just say that this is a Catholic problem, we need to take a long hard look in the mirror. Protestant pastors, shepherds, leaders, and teachers are not immune to corrupt systems and abuse. Sin knows no denomination and we want to have yet another hard conversation about the kind of leadership and protection that it takes to train up a child in a church of safety and joy. Where children, men, and women are safe from the abuse of power from the top down and humble leaders are leading like Jesus. Join us as we look at the Oscar winning film Spotlight. We will use this story to talk about our own sin and the cover-ups that we allow so that we won't be exposed as frauds. We will also take a serious look at God's promise of judgement upon corrupt shepherds and why that is necessary from a loving God.