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Talking Revelation

Finding Balance

Feeling out of balance? The Table this JuneLike many of you, I struggle trying to find balance in life. Whether its work, family life, time for me, or time with God, I’m always having to make choices that reveal where my priorities are. Sometimes, it feels like I make the wrong choices. Other times, I make the right choices. It feels like I’m doing a high wire act over the Dallas skyline.

This has been especially true for me as I just sent my wife and kids off to Korea. When they are here, I can easily tune myself out when I am in their presence with tv, computer, or work issues. But now that they are gone and our apartment is so quiet, I regret tuning them out at all. I would give anything for them to be back, even with my kids’ uncanny ability to leave out toys in unlikely places so I can step on them and almost require medical attention.

In the moment of life, priorities can easily get mixed up. Yes, bringing home financial resources to provide for our family is so important, but is it important enough to risk missing out on events in their life that only come around once?

Is taking on a second job to pay off debt worth it if it means we end up working ourselves into exhaustion?

Can we find time in our lives to say “no” to our family so we can rest in quiet or have a conversation with a close friend over a cup of coffee?

If we commit to growing as followers of Jesus, how do we make spirituality a daily affair in the chaos and unpredictability of life?

These are not easy questions to answer, and yet we are all there in one way or another. Learning how to set boundaries and priorities may go a long way in determining the kind of balance we develop in our life. And it is so hard to do.

I don’t have all the answers, but I am inviting you to share in conversation with us through the month of June at the Table. We’ll be digging into these questions, looking at some great stories and passages in the Bible that challenge us, and listening to God and one another as we seek balance and wholeness. Maybe you know a friend or two who might be interested in this conversation.

Let’s practice this tightrope walk together.

See you in June!

Resurrected Church

This week at the Table, Rev. Deborah leads us in a new conversation about being the resurrected church.

I wrote in my newsletter article about what it means to be resurrected. It’s kind of hard to describe. It’s not simply being brought back from death to life – it’s more about transformation. Becoming something greater than the sum of the parts, in the words of one of my mentors.

Church really should be like that, most of the time. Individual people, each with their own perspectives, understandings, ideas, passions, and hangups, gather together and do more than they can do separate. Church is where you should get a taste of people power with that dash of divine power.

But it’s not always perfect. We are still people. We still can do the wrong thing. We can still get all twisted up and in the way of what God desires to do in and through us.

The Table is not a community that is concerned with perfection. We are not a worshipping community that wants everyone to fall in line. We want you to be you, whoever that is, whatever you face in your life. And together, we gather at God’s table to taste that resurrection life that is offered to us. Filled up with that good stuff, we use our hands and feet to change the world and find our own lives nourished into transformation.

In other words, come and walk with us as we explore what it might mean to be a resurrected church this week.

- Rev. Nathan

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