Labberton: The Connection of Voice and Touch

From "The Layman Online"

“It’s about voice and touch. It’s the connection of those two things. It’s all about the power of Jesus Christ to transform us, to change us, to change us in ways that we may never want.”

Those were the words Mark Labberton shared during Tuesday’s morning worship service of the 221st General Assembly (PCUSA) at the Cobo Center.

Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, cited Matthew 7:24-30 when Jesus taught of building on a solid foundation. Labberton stressed the importance of accepting those who may be different from us.

He told a story of a successful, wealthy, powerful man who stopped by his office one day while he was pastoring in Berkley, Calif. The man asked if he could provide bulletin points about Jesus so he could talk with his wife when she started such a discussion over dinner. Labberton told the man he could not give bulletin points about Jesus, explaining that there was so much about His transforming power to share, and if he provided all that detail the main would have to reorder his own life.

“The thing about Jesus is He is a disrupter,” Labberton said, noting the power of Christ to cause changes in our relationships and a reordering of our circumstances.

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