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The Disciple Peter's Story: 1st Person account of what he might have felt like

I remember vividly the the chaotic capture and surrender of Jesus to the authorities... how I had tried to fight them off with a sword. I remember the smokey scent of the fire in the courtyard near Jesus trial. Etched in my memory were my well-intended words, “Lord, I will go to prison with you and even die with you.” But they were the words on an untested man.
I was unaware of the healing I needed... unaware that in the act of Jesus following, I would find myself without the maturity and inner resources to actually live out the proclamations of my own heart.
As I stood beside the fire in the courtyard, a servant girl suggested that “I” was one of the men who was with Jesus. I denied my teacher, the One God sent... before a servant girl who had no authority to arrest me. Heck, Women couldn't even testify in court! When it really mattered, I failed to live up to my promise that I would follow Jesus to the death. I buckled before a lowly servant girl.
When the cock cro…

theology of the garden

A few folks at Monticello Covenant Church are imagining a garden and have invited interested people for a potluck to get creative around that possibility.  We have outlined a couple of purposes that come out of scripture.

1.  To gather people in community around a garden and food.
2.  To exercise our vocation as earth tenders
3.  To share quality food with others who do not have access to quality food.
4.  To feed our body with quality food.

All of these ideas come out of scripture.

In the book of Genesis chapter one, we read about a good God who cares deeply for the people he was making.  While the gods of neighboring nations believed that the gods created people as slaves to do the work the gods were too lazy to do, we see the Hebrew view of God as one who is vastly different.  The Hebrew God created the world and the garden first before he even created the people.  This order had to do with creating a world that would sustain life.  Then he created the first people.  They were give…