After nine months off the air, and rumors that it might be cancelled, NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy Community returns in a few weeks. In anticipation of the return of the students at Greendale Community College, we’ll be talking about community, not the show but the idea. Jesus instructed his followers to be his church and to make disciples, and he gave us instructions for our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. LinC discusses what it means to be part of a Christian community, why Jesus calls us to be a church instead of a bunch of individual Christians, and how we rely on one another for love and support. Key Scriptures: Joshua 7:1-13; Matthew 5:21-26; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
The current civil war in Syria has left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries as refugees. After a year of unrest in Mali, following an attempted military coup, the French military decided earlier this month to intervene. Here in the United States unrest such as what we’ve seen recently in Syria and Mali raises the question of if, when, and how we should get involved? These questions also apply, on a smaller scale, to conflicts we encounter every day. Next week we’ll talk about what Christians can, should, and should not do when we encounter conflicts between persons or groups.