Arrived home from the church the other evening at about dusk, the shadowy light I suppose mostly revealed a person without defining identity. As I walked up the steps of the front porch I heard Simeon barking. He was just inside the front door looking through the window barking, at ME! Unlocking the door I stepped in the house as Simeon backed away with one more half-hearted bark and then the familiar tail wag, jump, spin, and greeting he gives each time we come home after a long day. “Hey,” I said, “What are you doing barking at ME; knucklehead,” I said with a scratch of his ears and a rub of the head.
It is comforting to know he keeps a watch of the house and is protective when people wander onto our porch with a response that might be translated as “Who are you?” It is an appropriate question not just for safety and life in general, but also for our journey of faith. We have just been through a series of Sunday’s here at CHUM asking questions of our faith and understandings of God and the world through an intentional Progressive Christian lens. In that context I thought it might be important to take a look at Jesus through that same lens.
Here at CHUM we have a long and storied tradition of not only taking our identity as Christian Progressives seriously but also holding in respect and seriousness an endeavoring to understand the stories and writings of other faith traditions and our brothers and sisters of the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. traditions and our place among them.
As I continue to ponder a new theme of sermons to begin in the fall I thought it might be helpful to look at Jesus and how one understands who he was, what he was about, and what we can know and what we do not know. So for the next couple of Sundays we will be looking at the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith through a markedly Progressive Christian lens, perhaps if you will, asking the question, “Who are you?”
It is good to know when I come upon the front porch of our house, or my life, there is someone peering through the window filled with questions and greeting, Simeon does that well for me. I hope you will join us as we peer through this lens we have established as we continue to live in and with the questions of faith and life.
It is one of the many ways we seek to be faithful to the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the family. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table.
Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.