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Transformative Leadership

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz

April 05, 2020

Online Worship April 4-5, 2020
"Transformative Leadership"
Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz
Seth Carruthers, Music Director
St. Lucas Choir & The Raddicks

Scripture for This Week: Psalm 118.19-29; Luke 19.28-40, 45-48

The transformer on an electric train layout works by taking the power coming out of the wall socket and increasing or decreasing the amount of voltage to the necessary level for the trains to run. Church leaders – both formal and informal ones – can have great impact on how anxiety affects a church through their ability to increase or decrease corporate anxiety. Calm, less-anxious, leaders are effective at helping members of the church community manage their own level of anxiety by paying attention to themselves and keeping their own personal anxiety in check. Effective leaders know how to keep the church on a steady course by minimizing the destructive forces of anxiety, so that the emotional system of the congregation functions in a healthy way. All church members/friends need to be invested in supporting transformative leaders – leaders who function as the transformers in our congregation – whether these leaders are formal, like the ones elected at an Annual Meeting; or if they are informal, like the person who keeps a group or a committee chugging along because of who they are, and how they are with others.

Lenten Reflection

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz

April 01, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8

 

During this Lenten season, we are reflecting on the literary works and Christian theology of C.S. Lewis. On Wednesday nights, we will be exploring The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. While we will not be able to gather in person for the next couple weeks, we wanted to share a brief online reflection!

Even Jesus

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz

March 29, 2020

Scripture for This Week: John 12.20-33

The John lesson is one of those places in the Gospels where Jesus’ humanness is front and center. He is a stressed individual. He’s trying to live and behave as he believes God wants him to, but there is an emotional toll and a social price to be paid for such devotion. Because Jesus is so vulnerable in this story, so like us, parallels can be drawn between his behavior almost 2000 years ago, and our behavior today. At the end of this lesson, Jesus finds comfort and focus from God’s voice. He is not given specific answers for moving beyond anxiety. But just the fact that God is present indicates that Jesus (and we) are never completely alone…are never totally abandoned. In his humanness Jesus needs to know that he is always loved, and will never be abandoned by God. It is this never-ending love on God’s part, which in turn, allows Jesus to stay forever beside us.

Lenten Reflection

Dr. Bill Smutz

March 25, 2020

Scriptures: Luke 5:1-11; Acts 9:1-11

 

During this Lenten season, we are reflecting on the literary works and Christian theology of C.S. Lewis. On Wednesday nights, we will be exploring The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. While we will not be able to gather in person for the next couple weeks, we wanted to share a brief online reflection!

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