Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

the “collective we” gives thanks

Mankind has been giving thanks throughout our long history on this planet.  I imagine cave-dwellers gave thanks for the light and warmth of a fire. Basket-toting gatherers gave thanks when their travels brought them to an abundant harvest of berries and fruit in some fertile valley.  Spear-clutching hunters gave thanks after taking down a wooly mammoth large enough to feed their nomadic community for many weeks.    Pueblo-dwellers gave thanks for a corn harvest sufficient to see their community through…

Why Taboo?

With just two more weeks, our current series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in the Church, will be winding down” This Sunday, we will have John Mark Tittsworth bringing our seventh topic: “Let’s Talk About Understanding Yourself.” I know he will bring an insightful and challenging message and will lead us into further conversations on Wednesday night at our Table Conversations in the Conversation Café. The eighth and final topic will be on Sunday, November 22. We will have a panel discussion…

Taboo #6 – Racism Today

Our series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics for the Church,” continues this Sunday, November 8, with a look at racism in America.  Why racism and why now? According to research conducted by the Barna Group, self-identifying followers of Christ are considerably less likely to engage in conversations about race and racism than we were just one year ago. While the number of Christians who recognize the racial inequality of our long-ago history as a nation has increased, we are reluctant to discuss…

Why is the subject of Persecution Uncomfortable?

Our “Taboo” focus this week is persecution against Christians. This Sunday, November 1, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  The subject of persecution is uncomfortable First, we feel a little guilty in our personal comfort while others are losing their lives for the sake of the gospel. But we grow the most uncomfortable when we honestly wrestle over questions about why we are not persecuted. Persecution is something we read about but never experience. Yes, we…

Reclaiming our voice

This Sunday, October 4, begins an eight-week teaching series on subjects not often addressed within a church service. The series is titled, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in Church.” Let me be clear; the goal is not to sensationalize our Sunday morning gatherings, but to consider the clear teaching of Scripture on subjects too often surrendered to the culture.  I am aware that your older children and youth will be present. Rest assured, we will not address any subject in graphic fashion.…

Breaking taboos

ask. Seek. Knock. Thank you for engaging in our “Ask; Seek; Knock” emphasis. The evidence of wide-spread participation is abundant. Many have commented about how the daily devotionals, life group sessions, and Sunday messages have already been used by God. We are moving in the right direction! We are becoming a praying church! Fall series In October and November, leading up to the Advent season, we will wrestle over various subjects rarely addressed in church. We are calling the series,…

Lead us not into temptation

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Then David sent messengers to get her.“ 2 Samuel 11:2-4 An Epic Tragedy The story of David and Bathsheba is a tragedy of epic…

One Coin, Two Sides

SINGLE SCRIPTURE THEOLOGY Last Sunday I mentioned the danger of building our theology upon a single verse of Scripture. Specifically, I said we are all-too-eager to use one verse in crafting our understanding of salvation while dismissing other verses that address the same subject.  For instance, we confidently point to Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” while ignoring Matthew…

DON’T OVERLOOK THE JOURNEY

Lessons learned on a Mountain The Kingdom of God may be more about the journey than the destination.  While vacationing earlier this month, Phyllis and I decided to drive to Lake City, Colorado. We were staying just outside Buena Vista, Colorado, so we had a two-and-a-half-hour drive ahead of us.  Halfway to Lake City, at the top of Monarch Pass, we were stopped by a road crew. The flagman apologized, explaining there was a danger of trees falling onto the…

Such a time as this

Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure. D. L. Moody Every documented time of revival, renewal, or spiritual awakening in church history shares one thing in common: each was preceded by a significant season of prayer. Laying the Foundation For the next nine weeks, August and September, we will work on deepening our commitment to prayer. We are laying the foundation of a “significant season of prayer” at Alsbury. We long to see God work…

Missed Opportunity to Act Justly

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 My Story It was 1974. I was seventeen years old, a senior in high school.  I never knew her name. Actually, I didn’t know anything about her. We attended the same high school but never the same classes. I would pass her in the hallway or see her…

Shake This Place

Empowered by the Holy Spirit Since Easter, we have looked to the first four chapters of Acts to answer the question, “What does a church truly empowered by the Holy Spirit look like?” Can what was experienced by the earliest followers of Jesus be experienced by his followers today? Last Sunday we read in Acts 4:31, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word…