Encounter PRINT Winter 2021-22 student (current quarter--Dec. 2021, Jan. and Feb. 2022)
"Abundant Life in Christ" begins with Ezekiel's vision of dry bones coming alive again through God's power. Through the rest of the quarter, we read about God's Messiah, Jesus Christ, coming to bring abundant life to all God's children. Jesus' teachings and healing miracles point us to the reality that eternal and abundant life is not something that happens in the future, but something we can experience now when we become children of God in Jesus Christ.
These lessons were written by Rev. Kip Rush, pastor of Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Brentwood, Tennessee. Raised in Austin, Texas, he grew up in the St. Paul Cumberland Presbyterian church. He is a 1986 graduate of Bethel College (now Bethel University). While at Bethel, he met and married his wife, Jodi. Kip is a 1990 graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1990.
Kip serves on the Board of Christian Education for Nashville Presbytery, the Board of Trustees for Memphis Theological Seminary and the board of UKirk Nashville, a Presbyterian college ministry serving Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.
Kip and Jodi have two daughters, Madison, who is a teacher, and Devin, who works for a healthcare non-profit.