God's Mission Matters December podcast - Take Stock!

Take Stock! Small churches engaging in mission

December 15, 2010
By Michael Parker

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking reports in his recent book, The Grand Design, that some years ago the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping gold fish in curved bowls.  It was the council’s belief that this constitutes animal cruelty because it gives the fish a distorted view of reality.

We’ll leave the grand philosophical and scientific implications of this aside for now and just note that most of us create our own fish bowls from which we view the broader world.  We tend see things through the distorting glass of tradition or feelings of inferiority or past mistakes. 

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews invites us to stop seeing the world as a gold fish in a bowl, and see it, rather, through the corrective lens of faith.  Taking stock not in what we have but in whose we are opens our minds to the infinite possibilities of God.

Listen to this month’s episode of “God’s Mission Matters” and hear stories by Carol Dolezal-Ng, development associate for interpretation and support with the Near East School of Theology (NEST), and by Joanie Lukins, moderator for Living Waters for the World.

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