I am writing this blog/View article with a couple of funerals as bookends. Funerals serve as a reminder like nothing else I can think of that we are incapable of solving a great deal that life throws at us. It is also at funerals we most naturally ask the big questions of life. What is the point of it all? What is the point of me? With the backdrop of death – we come to grips with the fact that if there is a God we should want to know what He thinks of me.
Along with this truth regarding death, my mind is contemplating the prophet Habakkuk’s questions about justice, sovereignty, submission and faith. He asks, “God, why?”
I have bumped up against that question a few times in my life. Maybe more than a few times actually. Most of the time I have asked it with a combination of bewilderment and humility, but there have been times when I crossed over into arrogance and anger. Can you relate?
Habakkuk helps me to remember how to process the conundrums of faith. This Sunday’s message will look at the way God met his prophet’s questions and we will find that it is still the same way He addresses our “WHY’S?” today.
I also want to take a moment right now to give you a personal invitation to be a part of a small group workshop this summer that I will be leading on Transformational Servant Leadership. We will meet a total of six times over the course of the summer processing the way that God made you uniquely to lead in your particular context today. Although this class will include a bit of leadership theory that would be taught in any university setting, we will primarily learn to lead in the way that Jesus set forth in the Gospels. This will be a casual interactive time but I will expect you to do your homework – you will learn some important things and it will be fun!
Please let me know if you are interested since there will be limited space. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can contact me at 952-881-9486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Nick Mundis