Weekly Email Sign-up

This Sunday – May 29

Oprah  quoted me during her last show this week.  She said something I had said in last Sunday’s message at the Gathering Church. 


Okay, she didn’t know it.  She’s not listening to our podcasts.  But, when she said that we all have a calling, something that we should pursue with all our heart she was using her last words to let people know that their life is to be devoted to something that “lights them up.”


Christians believe that that something is a someone, Jesus Christ.  Recently, at the Gathering Church we have been looking at how the resurrection of Christ that we celebrated at Easter changed everything.


The only reason that any of us are still talking about Jesus two thousand years later is that his death and resurrection brought about a new reality that transforms everything that has been broken or distorted by evil.


This Sunday we will look at the area of work and jobs.  How does the new life of Christ change the way we understand our work?  Ephesians 6:5-9 reveals a principle that brings a new purpose to anything we may do. 


My son, Jon, has just released a new book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job.  He’s having conversations with people all over the country who see their jobs as a trap or a prison, preventing them from fulfilling their calling.


Christ gives us a new way to think about our jobs.  Christ gives us the guidance and courage to pursue new jobs, as well as redeem the one we have.


This Sunday we will talk about these things.


  1. Laurie Johnson says:

    Oprah’s last words on her last show were-

    “to God be the glory”


  2. Bruce Baldwin says:

    Another great Sermon Mark!
    After talking to some people after church I think my 40/60 comments during the service may have been misunderstood. For sure 40% of my work at UNC Ophthalmology is challenging, exciting and rewarding. In many ways I feel led to do what I do. That 60% of “drudgery” includes all the paperwork, meetings, ect. Now, the comment about blind patients, which happened to follow the “drudgery” comment, but certainly not part of the 60%, was meant to say I have thought a lot about how to encourage patients who face blindness. It can be very difficult to find words for patients and their family. I found a verse in one of our songs today. That hymn, written in 1752, reminds one about the promise of a perfect body in heaven. So the challenge is to match the right words with the right patient at the right time….oh, and to reduce the drudgery down to a manageable percent.