Posts from July 2017

Posts from July 2017

FREEDOM FROM OURSELVES

It’s difficult even to read about it.   A few years ago, a woman in northern Florida was obsessed with the Facebook game, FarmVille.  Apparently gaming was her god. Her infant’s cries interrupted her game.  So she shook her baby to death. According to the Florida Times-Union, Alexandra V. Tobias entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder. Tobias told authorities that…

WWJD?

Some years ago a faddish abbreviation took hold among many Christians.  Pretty soon bumper stickers, bracelets and other trinkets were being marketed with the abbreviation WWJD. The abbreviation stands for:  “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s not a new question.  Christian parents and teachers have long used the question to get children to consider how to behave in any given…

JOB DESCRIPTION

Amid shrinking seminary classes and pulpit vacancies, one might ask whether the ministry today is vastly different than it was in years past. It is true that today’s parish is “not your father’s Oldsmobile.”  The breakdown of the family, the normalization of things once regarded as shameful, the casual rejection of the Bible as God’s own word, the brainwashing of…

ROLE MODELS

We hear a lot these days about the need for positive “role models” to imitate.  What congregation would think of setting itself up as a “model” congregation?   And yet, what congregation does not want to strive for that? Paul wrote two letters to a congregation in Thessalonica (located in modern-day Macedonia).  He founded this congregation on his second missionary…

LIGHT ON THE PATH

Today, with Christ’s own words about the end of all things earthly, we conclude our journey through The Gospel According To St. Luke.  (We covered chapters 22-24 during the past Lenten and Easter season). Charles Dickens once wrote a little-known book for his children entitled The Life Of Our Lord.”  In it, as one fellow put it, Jesus comes off as a sweet, Victorian nanny…