Someplace New and Unexpected

May 5

“It was about those that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied …” Jude 14. (The quote is from Enoch 1:9.)

“I have an idea for a sermon series,” she said to me. “Preach a series on “Texts We Never Preach From“. This is an invitation to go where no preachers go. “And not just ‘Leviticus’,” she continued. “There are plenty of other texts you could use …”and she proceeded to offer some suggestions.

The idea struck me; it also got me to thinking about more than just “preaching”. Are there other aspects of my life and my faith that I might explore? Are there places I should go that I have been avoiding, or that I have just always been too busy for?

Enoch – a prophet? Quoted in the Christian Testament? This is a reference to a book which is not in the Bible. Why is the quote included in the Book of Jude? Perhaps the biblical author is inviting us to go to a place – not so much a physical spot as a spiritual one – that beckons to us and that we have not yet visited.

Be an adventurer today! Engage a prophet who is new to you. See Jesus in a place you’ve not noticed him before. Go someplace new and let yourself experience the unexpected!

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.