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These reflections are from The Current, an alternative worship service at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Carmel, Indiana. We hope to discover a deeper Christian spirituality in the midst of our dynamic culture.

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These reflections are from The Current, an alternative worship service at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Carmel, Indiana. We hope to discover a deeper Christian spirituality in the midst of our dynamic culture.

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Evil (Charlottesville Response)

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Evil (Charlottesville Response)

    Stories of nuclear threats, oppression of refugees, and the racist, evil actions of the white supremacist “alt-right” in Charlottesville confront us with the fact that there is evil in the world and humans are often the perpetrators of it. What kind of world do we live in? Where is God in it? What are we […]

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Shrinking Before the Mystery

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Shrinking Before the Mystery

    When the world falls apart for Job, Job’s friends come to help him. Okay, they really do. “They sat with Job on the ground seven days and seven nights, not speaking a word to him, for they saw that he was in excruciating pain.” Job 2:13 But then they help him. They regurgitate platitudes and rigid religion to Job […]

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Lament

    When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Lament

    Job is one of the most confounding stories you will ever read. It’s the story about the suffering of a man who is, by reliable sources (God, for one), a righteous man. First, Job loses essentially everything by violence and natural disaster. And then, Job himself is afflicted with a terrible skin condition. Though Job […]

    The Riches of Grace

    The Riches of Grace

    We welcomed guest speaker Zach Brown, a student at Indiana University, who shared what grace has come to mean for him. Zach admits that he really had no idea what “grace” was for most of his life, though he heard about it a lot about it. Zach had an experience in high school that made grace real–and […]

    You Are Welcome

    You Are Welcome

    Pastor Brian shares a message about why welcoming–a particular spirit and practice of welcoming–is at the heart being a follower of Jesus. Jesus says, “and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose […]

    Good Work: Fruit

    Good Work: Fruit

    At the conclusion of our Good Work series and at the conclusion at the of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the issue is boiled down to this: What fruit do you bear with your work? What marks your life’s work? Does your life’s work point to all that matters? Paul says at the end of Galatians, “What […]

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