by Dr. Brent Beasley

“Look, I know we do have to be responsible. We have to be good stewards. One of the hardest things about being in an institution like the church is the tension between responsibility and vision. Being responsible for an institution like a church can cause a person to become very protective of what is, but that very protectiveness can make it hard to respond to what might be.

“One can become such a good custodian of the past and the present that the future is unimaginable except in the terms of what we already know and have.
[Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Theolog: The Blog of The Christian Century, 2009]

“In the end, though, it comes to down to trust— trusting each other and trusting God—which is hard. Look what Jesus did to his disciples. He tells them to sit the people down and distribute an amount of food that is clearly not enough.

“‘Jesus, send them away, there’s not enough.'”

This sermon was preached by on September 24, 2017 at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

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