A Light for the City
Writings on the Mission of the Church
A bi-weekly blog by the Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill, Rector
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.” These words from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14) are among our Lord’s most well-known figurative images describing the calling of the church. While the metaphor of light is used in various ways throughout Scripture, here Jesus is speaking simply of the testimony of his followers living in a world shaded by darkness.
As believers, what is it to bear the light into our everyday world? How might Christians living in our particular and challenging cultural moment think about this potent image? Why might God be calling St. John the Divine to discern imaginative new opportunities to be a bright light for the City of Houston, taking into the future the very best that makes our parish special?
These are the questions inspiring a bi-weekly writing series in which I will share reflections, ideas, and content on the shape of our vision as a parish family. In sharing life with you, I look forward to exploring more deeply how God is shaping our mission for the future.
- Issue 1 – November 1, 2021: You are the Light of the World
- Issue 2 – November 15, 2021: Radiating the LIght of Christ
- Issue 3 – December 6, 2021: As Those Who Belong to the Light of the World
- Issue 4 – December 20, 2021: Love Needs a Person to be Real
- Issue 5 – January 17, 2022: A Call for Renewal
- Issue 6 – February 7, 2022: A Culture that Encourages Everyone's Gifts for Ministry
- Issue 7 – February 21, 2022: To Discharge Our Missionary Calling When Not in Charge
- Issue 8 – March 7, 2022: The Spirit of Local Mission in Light of Foreign Calamity
- Issue 9 – March 21, 2022: Where is My Mission Field?
- Issue 10 – April 11, 2022: Unwanted Suffering as Opportunity for Witness
- Issue 11 – April 25, 2022: The Loss of Missionary Consciousness in the Modern Church
- Issue 12 – May 9, 2022: A Sent and Sending Lord