Fall 2017

People are bombarded with images and mar- keted to death. On social media, ads for everything we can imagine and lots of things that we shouldn’t flash across our screens. If the TV is on during dinner we get to hear about pharmaceutical solutions to the most intimate health problems. In a world like this it is very hard to get peo- ple’s attention. I pastor a church, Central Christian that is committed to reaching Springfield with the gospel and making the city more like heaven. One of our distinctives as a church is a deep commitment to the city of Springfield. It’s our home and we want to be part of what’s happen- ing here. If there is a Culturefest, we want to show up. If young professionals are meeting at Bada Bings or Mother Stewart’s Brewery, we’ll meet them there. If the community is strug- gling with a response to racial conflict or inter- acting with our LGBTQ neighbors we will join the discussion. We’ve gone low tech to invite people to check us out. Out in front of our church we hung a $80 banner reading Check out the Best Buts in the Bible, a light-hearted reference to a series of sermons on some of the most important con- trasts in the Bible, passages that include the word “but.” We were spiritually dead, but God made us alive (Eph 2:1-11). We were dirty, but God cleaned us up (I Cor 6:9-11). We were incompetent, but God makes it pos- sible for us to do all things (2 Cor 3:1-6). When times are tough, some folks focus on the circumstances around them, but we are to set our sight on the unseen and the eternal (2 Cor 4:16-18). Moving forward, we should be dead to things that tempt us, but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11). The week after our sign went up, one per- son stopped to take pictures which later sur- Checking Out The Best But’s In The Bible by PASTOR CARL RUBY OCT - NOV - DEC 2017 | 31 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com