Wherever one might be in declarations of belief, God is so often not the God these declarations expect, and often it is shocking to discover it. God comes near and offends our sense of understanding; God affronts our categories and overturns our sense of familiarity. Jesus of Nazareth does the same; quite particularly so in the language of the parables. With his stories, he offends the believing and unbelieving, disciples, scribes, and crowds alike. With the same stories, he continues to jar hearers awake and move followers near. Continue reading A Slice of Infinity – Minds Upset
SOV Silent Auction, October 24th
The 9th Annual Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Silent Auction will take place on Sat., Oct. 24th, between 6 and 8 p.m., at the Groton Grange.
PROCEEDS SUPPORT CHARITIES SUCH AS:
Loaves and Fishes, Our Fathers House, Camp Calumet, Groton Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity and My Father’s House.
For more information, check the flyer.
Give Your Child Something To Believe In
Children and teens face staggering dangers nowadays – from media that promote violence and casual sex, and a culture which makes drugs easily accessible – the same toxic culture that denigrates Christianity and belief in God. There also have been deep changes in patterns of life and work, and none of them seem to favor children. Now-a-days few parents are at home to notice what taboos kids are breaking. As a result, more and more kids are troubled and in trouble. Continue reading From the Pastor – October 2015