More random thoughts from Bishop Ough:
Most of our worship design & preaching doesn’t bring people to a place of vulnerability, so we don’t do altar calls because they feel fake
Some felt that we try to manipulate people’s feelings but not of the questions are authentic.
The Holy Spirit does the work on people’s hearts.
Use testimonials to give glimpses of the answers.
We should no longer appoint students to dead and dying places. It’s not the place to try your wings.
Asking questions demands relationship.
I can’t call people to a place I haven’t gone.
How do we put into practice something we’ve never experienced?
One reason we don’t pray for healing is because we’ve never seen it happen authentically. We’re also afraid God’s grace won’t touch that person.
We need to go places where new things are done authentically.
Many preachers preach like they know the answer. They don’t draw people into the questions.
Do you go with the question so you can get to the deeper questions? We have to be okay with the conversation that might be uncovered.
Chapel Sermon – Ash Wednesday
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit.
God is not an option we can take or leave as we find useful.
Repentence means having a sense of being away. We’ve wandered away. We’ve looked in the wrong places for our happiness.
It’s easier to believe we are God, not that we’ve wandered from God.
Have you created any messes you’re sorry about?
Have you wrecked anything lately that you wish you hadn’t?
If your heart is hurting, why not open it up and make it a place for God to dwell?
Rending and returning is impossible without God’s gracious presence.
Turn and point your life toward Christ.
Just because God is gracious, doesn’t mean we should take our good old time.
It seems a disaster that God forgives us week and after week.