Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways. We often don’t get it right, but my hope lies in the longsuffering of God who extends transforming grace to us all. My hope is in the God who believes in us! My hope is in the God whose liberating word goes out in, through, and in spite of us.

Dr. Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally, Evangelical Covenant Church | Former Co-President, Christians for Social Action
www.draltizon.com

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Church + Stifling the Spirit = Hard to Hope

By Myles Markham

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

Candidly, I haven’t experienced a lot of hope for the church lately. I’m in a season where it would seem that even progressive mainline traditions are stifling the work of God with bureaucracy, allegiance to hierarchy, and trying to resuscitate things that maybe just need to die before they can be truly resurrected.