Grab a cold one (it’s five o’clock somewhere, isn’t it?) and check out Christopher Hale’s talk given to young adults at a Theology on Tap in Washington, DC.
The pain is real, but this good news can change transform it. What is this news? It’s the impossibly good news that no matter who we are, no matter what we’ve done, or how badly we’ve failed, God never grows tired of loving us. It’s the news that God’s mercy is from age to age. No one is excluded; no one is left behind! We engage in missionary discipleship not because we’re seeking converts, but because we’re loved sinners who are experiencing this reality in some way and want other people to experience this redeeming love and allow it to change their lives. I want to propose tonight that there are three steps to being this missionary disciple: 1) we must have a big heart open to God, open to discerning God’s movement in our life; 2) we must have the courage and the desire to share the joy of the Gospel; and finally 3) we must be willing to become poor for the poor.