My friend Mihee Kim-Kort visited River City this past Sunday (she’s an ordained Presbyterian minister that serves at Indiana University), which was lots of fun. She does a blog series called “Beyond Sunday Morning,” where she recaps the sermon from the day before. We were the beneficiaries of this one, and she did a wonderful job recapping the sermon of Pastor Carlos Ruiz. Check out her blog for other great content at http://miheekimkort.com
Sanctuary was hot this morning. I’m looking around again at the signs of a dilapidated building – chairs and desks stacked haphazardly in the balconies, and the roof above the chancel is peeling and cracked on one side. I’m next to one of the surprisingly traditional emblems of church – a stained glass window – one of many that line the walls around this rectangular room. This window has two keys crossed which present Peter who was given the keys to heaven by Jesus when he states, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” (Matthew 16:19).
Keys to the kingdom.
Nicodemus, one of the religious elite, comes to Jesus at night. Curiosity got the best of him and he can’t stay away. He wants to see him…
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