Jesus said: I am the door.

Jesus said: I am the door.

Jesus has always been clear that real life – abundant life – is not found in playing it safe.  New life is found in taking risks for others.  Jesus drives us – less than compliant sheep – out of through the door of his being so we will not just live but live for others.  That’s the abundant and everlasting life that Jesus talks about.  Jesus casts us out of our secure spots and calls us to follow him so we will know the green lush pastures and so others have a chance to live in that abundance also. The sheep (and goats for that matter) that graze freely on the mountains of Crete are a sign of a quest for abundance to be shared. In the face of Greece’s long-faltering economy, people feel driven out of the confines of the urban areas where expenses mount as incomes drop.  In that atmosphere, they are resentful and fearful. As they are thrust of where they expected to live, some are finding and sharing a rich way of life.  There is a small but substantial movement of people – especially young people – who are returning to ancestral homes in rural areas, small islands and particularly to Crete. In those open spaces, it is possible for almost anyone to make a living.  With a very modest house, it is possible to grow a fertile garden. Climb the hills and pick the wild greens that are rich with nutrition. Perhaps care for the family’s ancient olive trees for a little cash. Learn the art of beekeeping to barter with honey.  Send a...
Tough Questions Worship Series

Tough Questions Worship Series

Enquiring minds want to know the answers to tough faith questions. Beginning Sunday, June 24, join us as Pastor Charlotte Lohrenz dives into questions posed by the congregation. June 24:  “Why Are We Tempted?” July 1:  “Why Is There Violence In Our World?” July 8:  “Why Is There So Much Anti-Semitism In Our...
New Date For “Trigger” Screening

New Date For “Trigger” Screening

Due to scheduling issues, the screening of the award-winning film “Trigger” The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence” will be moved from this Sunday, June 10 to Sunday, July 8. We will begin watching the film at 4pm and be finished by 6pm. Please note the change of date and we apologize for having to reschedule the screening of this film. Sunday, July 8 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm Faith Presbyterian Church 8170 Hague Rd Indianapolis, IN 46256 Join us as we seek to learn together the devastating effects of gun violence has on our communities. This viewing will include the opportunity for open and civil conversation about our response to gun violence....
Jesus said, “I am the vine. Your are the branches. God is the vine grower.”

Jesus said, “I am the vine. Your are the branches. God is the vine grower.”

Jesus’ final words on love and relationship, in John 15, describe the community he has planted and cultivated with his disciples and his hope for the community they will continue to be and become.  He describes the first congregations of the faithful and every congregation since.  We live together as an organism that has been planted for a purpose.  We are a tangled mess of branches and shoots, sprawling out across the landscape.  We are connected to one another, supported, supporting one another and need of cleansing now and then. Because of the vinegrower and then vinegrowers’ abiding love for us, we are capable of producing good fruit. Which doesn’t make life in congregations easy all the time.  Genuine relationships have ups and downs and give and take.  We have to be vulnerable in relationships, which means that we can never completely protect ourselves from being hurt.  Communities are made up of real people.  Some are nice and easy to get along with, and some are not.  And all of us can have a bad day or bad decade and are capable of acting like the idiot in the vineyard. Being in community means dealing with that, abiding with one another through that. True community is a rare organism.  In our day, there are lots of places for people to connect, but very few places where we abide with one another in loving and productive ways. We connect on social media.  We have common interests.  We work together.  We may share a neighborhood or an agenda, but we aren’t building deep relationships which support people through life and death,...
The Blessings of An Incomprehensible God

The Blessings of An Incomprehensible God

For centuries, people have been trying to explain the theological doctrine called the Trinity. How do we talk about God being composed of three persons who is yet one God? Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was an early church leader who was a serious and imaginative theologian puzzled over this understanding of God. There is a story about Augustine and it begins with him walking along the seashore pondering this complex idea about God. Along his walk he stopped to watch a child who was carrying a cup of water from the ocean to a small hole he had dug in the sand. Augustine asked the child, “What are you doing?” The child replied, “I am trying to pour the entire ocean into this whole.” Augustine laughed and said, “That’s impossible.” The child looked back at Augustine and said, “And it’s impossible for you to fit the Trinity into your little mind.” The story concludes that the child vanished for it was a heavenly messenger from God. Just as it was difficult for Augustine to understand the doctrine of the trinity, it is also difficult for us to fit this understanding into our brains. From the beginning of time, people have tried to articulate who God is and how God works in our world. We use human words to try to define a God who is bigger than all of our imaginations. The doctrine of the Trinity is a way that Christians have tried to articulate their understanding of a God who moves beyond our comprehension. What we can understand from all of this is that we worship and follow...
Memory University 2018

Memory University 2018

MEMORY UNIVERSITY 2018 Caregiver Health and Well-Being: Maintaining Yours and Theirs The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center presents Memory University 2018, a program for our research partners and others interested in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Attendees will learn about diet, exercise, and how they impact cognitive health. These events are free of charge but require advance registration. Please registers at https://is.gd/IADC_MemoryU_2018. More information can be found in the flyer attached. Location: IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall Auditorium 355 W. 16th street, Indianapolis, IN Friday, June 1 from 1:30-3:00PM: Maintaining Caregiver Health Friday, June 8 from 1:30-3:00PM: Impact of Healthy Diet Friday, June 15 from 1:30-3:00PM: Impact of Physical Exercise Friday, June 22 from 1:30-3:00PM: Managing Stress Friday, June 29 from 1:30-3:00PM: Nurturing Your Spiritual Well-Being IADC MemoryU 2018...
Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Due to some scheduling issues, the screening of Trigger will be rescheduled from Sunday, June 10 to Sunday, July 8. Please note the new date. Screening of this Award-Winning Documentary Sunday, July 8 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm Faith Presbyterian Church 8170 Hague Rd Indianapolis, IN 46256 Join us as we seek to learn together the devastating effects of gun violence has on our communities. This viewing will include the opportunity for open and civil conversation about our response to gun...
Opening to the Light

Opening to the Light

Superheroes all have an “origin story.” A story that tells us how the superhero came to be. Even if you aren’t a comic book fan, you probably know that it was a bite by a radioactive spider that gave Spiderman his enhanced powers. For Batman, it was the murder of his parents by a robber. Superman was orphaned when his home planet Krypton was destroyed. For all these characters, and countless others, something happened in their lives, they came to a turning point, and they were opened to a completely new reality. The man we know as the Apostle Paul has such a dramatic origin story. Paul, of course, is also Saul. That he has two names, gives us an indication that this superhero-in-the-making was already bridging several worlds. Paul was a citizen of Rome, well educated in the Greek language, thought, and philosophy. He had a powerful position in the forces occupying Israel and moved freely throughout the Roman empire. Paul was also Saul a devote Jew which made him a member of a small, oppressed faction within the empire. You would think that living within multiple cultures and being a minority would make Saul open to new ways, new thinking, even prompt concern for the marginalized. Instead, Saul became a zealot for his faith. He was utterly focused on trying to destroy the new Jewish sect that identified Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. Later in the Book of Acts, Paul recalled the evil of his early years: I threw believers into jail, right and left, voting for their execution whenever I could. I stormed their meeting...
Eastertide Worship Series

Eastertide Worship Series

The butterfly has long been a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. As followers we, too, emerge from the power of death and experience resurrection. This Easter season, we will celebrate Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and examine our own transformations from cocoons to the unfurled beauty of all God calls us to...