One of this summer’s biggest movies is Pixar’s animated feature, “Inside Out.” It is the story of Riley, a young girl dealing with the stress of a family move, and her emotions, personified and shown for our enjoyment. The movie does a wonderful job of displaying the oft forgot truth that our inner and outer lives are effected by each other. What we think and feel effects how we act and vice versa. This is true for our spiritual lives as well. Some like to focus on what we think or believe about God, while others emphasize the importance of what we do with our lives as Christians. The truth is both are crucial and both share an interplay that is impossible to detangle. We are a complex array of inner thoughts and outer actions. This summer our teaching will focus on the dynamics of this inner/outer tangle of our faith walk with Christ.
This week we wrap up the sermon series with a look at an interesting encounter that Jesus has with a Syrophoenician woman in Tyre. The story is fascinating and difficult because it appears that Jesus says some pretty mean stuff to this woman. It also appears that she responds back to him in such a way that he changes his mind, and maybe we could say, she teaches Jesus something about Gentiles and the Gospel. What would it mean if we discovered that Jesus learned a lesson from a woman? What would it say to us as followers of Jesus in our current culture? I’m fascinated by these story and all the InsideOut effects it might have on our faith and our Church. If you’re curious, join us. It’s a holiday weekend. Enjoy it with worship and thought provoking teaching! This is the place where you belong!