Pastor’s Message – June 21, 2022

What’s Bringing Us Joy in June

Every month I like to take a moment and share what I’ve been reading, watching, or listening to that has brought me joy over the past month. The hope is that in sharing what has lifted my spirit, you will take time to ask God what has lifted your spirit as well.

Hope Always: How to Be a Force for Life in A Culture of Suicide by Matthew Sleeth, M.D. (book): You’ve heard me share a powerful quotation from Hope Always the past two Sundays, but what I did not share is that it is about suicide. I’ve been slowly reading this powerful book in the morning alongside the Scriptures. Though the subject matter is heavy, the insights are worth it. This is not only a wonderful resource for people touched by suicide but also for grief, mental health, and the role of the Church in this crisis.

Val (documentary): Raise your hand if you have seen Top Gun: Maverick? I haven’t yet but hope to carve out the time soon to do so! What I did take the time to watch is a documentary about one of the original Top Gun stars, Val Kilmer. It’s mostly composed of his own videos from a huge library spanning decades, and it reminded me of how complex people can be. Kilmer has had some serious health issues in recent years, and how he handles them with gratitude is very inspiring.

The Hymn of Heaven Tour with Phil Wickham and Josh Baldwin (music): A year ago I shared how much I loved worship leader’s Phil Wickham’s latest studio album, Hymn of Heaven. I knew then that if he went on tour and came to a nearby city, I would go. Not only did he come to Memphis a couple of weeks ago, but on tour with him was another worship leader, Josh Baldwin, whose music also ministers to me. I am still smiling from this worship night that was far more than a concert and listening to the songs once again on repeat.

I’d love to hear what’s bring you joy this month and all year long!

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 26, 2022
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

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