Wednesday, December 26, 2007

"Good-bye"


You are given the power to kill people simply by thinking of their deaths and twice repeating the word "good-bye." People would die a natural death and no one would suspect you. Are there any situations in which you would use this power?"




-book of questions, #11

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The 11th Hour

Tired of the Kingdom?

As i continue to interpret the message of Jesus for my congregation, a thought occurs to me: Will they get tired of the kingdom?

The teachings of Jesus continually call us stoop down, or perhaps recognize that we are already stooped, and look into the eyes of the oppressed, marginalized, exploited, hurting, and ravished. The theme of the New Testament? "Become a servant to all". We are constantly called to give up our right to ourselves for the benefit of the other. To defend the cause of the widow and the orphan. To reveal the corruption which attempts to hide from us while controlling us. Love God, Love Others, again and again and again.

The year started out with a bang. Everyone was hyped up. The message seemed new and distinct from the Christianity we've heard for the last 200 years in America. But now is a call to action. A call to spit in the face of our own excuses for not caring for the poor, befriending the friendless, encouraging the disheartened.

This takes time, energy, resources, and forces us outside of our comfort zone. So today, as i spoke about the third week of Advent, of how Jesus caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, cured the leper, raised the dead, and proclaimed good news to the poor...i wondered, "Are they getting tired of this yet?"

Then i passed around the sign up list for volunteers to help distribute 5000 lbs of food, and over half the congregation signed up.

Lord, help us to not grow weary in doing good.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Rebellious Marionettes



"Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates."

Stella Terrill Mann