MainStreet Covenant Church was formed 10 years ago with the conviction that too often the light of Christ’s message we are called to shine and share gets trapped under the bowl of the church building and Sunday service. Our namesake as a church comes from Acts 17 where the apostle Paul didn’t settle for ministering in the church building on Sunday, but also “in the marketplace day by day to all who happened to be there.”
Similarly, in the Hebrew Scriptures God’s Wisdom and Truth is personified as a woman calling out in the streets, trying to get the attention of busy passers by:
“Wisdom shouts in the streets. She calls out in the public square. She calls out to the crowds along the Main Street … Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise” (Proverbs 1:20-23).
I began my Daily Illumination blog in 2009 with the hope of joining Lady Wisdom at the intersection of faith and everyday life, trying to shine some light and truth into an often dark world. I have written over 2,000 articles over the years, and am grateful for those who have taken the time to read some of them.
During the past year, I have become convinced more than ever of the need for more generous yet truthful, Jesus-shaped perspectives out there at the intersection of political punditry and conspiracy theory lunacy. The most extreme and divisive views are given a megaphone, while Christian thought leaders and pastors keep silent in order to not offend or divide their congregations. Can you imagine Jesus remaining silent with his disciples, just letting choose between the party of Pharisees or the party of the Sadducees? Of course not. But that’s kind of what’s happening with many pastors and churches. Pastors, find your voice and lead your people in the Way of Jesus.
But the times they are a changin’ and sadly less people are reading blogs these days. Yet people are hungrier than ever for encouraging and clarifying words as they navigate an often dark and confused world. I’m thrilled to be sharing Daily Illumination in short 5-minute audio reflections each Tuesday and Thursday to listen to on-the-go, in the car, while you’re exercising, walking the dog, or brushing your teeth. You can subscribe/follow on Spotify or other platforms, and get each episode automatically on your phone. For now, I’m releasing a new episode on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.
What I am most excited about is the chance to reach beyond the MainStreet community, and to bless many others who may not have a spiritual home. If that is you, and you have stumbled upon these reflections, please know there’s a loving faith community and a caring pastor behind these episodes. Please get in touch if we can serve you in any way.
Will you all help shine the light of Jesus-shaped wisdom by sharing these with others? Check out this promo or trailer and pass it on to others! Let’s keeping shining Christ’s light and illuminating others’ paths. It’s often dark out there.