/Rob Brendle

About Rob Brendle

Head pastor of Denver United Church.

Pray for Parkland

In light of the recent events, I was reminded of this article I was asked to write years back in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting. I believe it still rings so true as we now stand in a similar place and grieve with Parkland.  My Take: This is where God was in Aurora Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial across the street from the movie theater where last week’s mass shooting happened. Editor’s note: Rob Brendle is the founding pastor of Denver United Church, a former associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and the author of "In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting." By Rob Brendle, Special to CNN I held her hand as she died. Her family had come to a church where I was pastoring that morning, a routine Sunday. A thousand things would never have crossed their minds as they drove through Colorado Springs toward New Life Church’s enormous concrete worship [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:18-06:00February 20th, 2018|Current Events, Devotionals|

The Pursuit

The Pursuit | sermon series | Jan. 2018 A.W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God: “You and I are in little…what God is in large. Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. In our sins we lack only the power. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end…. To have found God and still to pursue him [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00January 8th, 2018|Book Recommendation, Devotionals, Sermon Series|

A New Creation

Christianity always was an inside-out proposition. We have tried over the centuries to reverse this reality, to conform Jesus’ revolutionary ideas back to religion proper; to nullify the New Testament; to undo the Reformation. But alas, the scandal of grace-through-faith continues to prevail. Jesus’ redemption is offensively simple. Seems we want it to be harder, more complicated, more burdensome. If it’s free, how can it be good? Like that one U2 record the band gave away free to the world that just appeared eerily on your phone one morning, grace can be off-putting if we’re honest. Can we accept it if we didn’t have to earn it? The Good News Truth is, some of us feel like we have to have been a part of the work. Our sense of our own centrality can make us need to be somehow involved in something so meaningful if it is to be accepted. We want to [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00November 7th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series|

Will You Worship?

We sometimes make worship a response to emotion; worship is really an act of will. Anybody will do something when it feels right—“even the pagans do that,” as Jesus put it. But worship as a sort of involuntary response to a surge of feeling, like when we get the goosebumps at the crescendo moment in that one song (“OMG…Oceans!”), conditions us to think of experiencing God differently than he might desire. The prophet Habakkuk ends his lament with a song, and he ends his song with these words: Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! Even though…even though…even so. The flip side of the Oceans goosebumps experience says “I couldn’t enter [...]

By |2017-11-01T09:47:57-06:00November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Habakkuk Plays in Ten Thousand Places

As we’ve studied through Habakkuk’s book together, I have begun to see his fingerprints all over the place in Scripture. Perhaps this is merely attention bias—you know, the phenomenon where you buy and Honda and start to notice all the Hondas—but I think it might be something more. Habakkuk seems to give voice to a theme that is prevalent in life with God, one that recurs throughout the Bible. It kind of goes like this: Mourn, lament, question, cry out to God. You have permission. You have an invitation. In your rawness and honesty, remember all the while who God is and what he has done. Never let go of hope. As I was preparing for last week’s message, I stumbled onto the coolest thing. This theme, Habakkuk’s prophetic burden for God’s people, plays out exactly in the book of Isaiah. Indeed, the last part of chapter 40 is a microcosm of Habakkuk. Look [...]

By |2017-10-24T14:21:41-06:00October 24th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series|