The Book of Reevaluation

I should keep better record of where I read things.  Who knows where I first saw this: In one Peanuts comic strip Sally was struggling with her memory verse for Sunday. She was absorbed in her thoughts trying to figure it out when she remembered, “Maybe it was something from the book of Reevaluation.” Maybe someone should write a book of Reevaluation.  It would help a lot of us reflect on what we’ve been through…..

Do we still think so?

I don’t think I had ever paid attention to this hymn before, When the Church of Jesus. You know, it’s in the back of the hymnal–one of those newer ones.  Actually, it’s under the heading of “Called to God’s Mission.” If you pay attention, you’ll see what a convicting truth that is. When the Church of Jesus Shuts its outer door, Lest the roar of traffic Drown the voice of prayer: May our prayers, Lord,…..

Good sexual ethics start with this

Leave it to me to wait until the absolute latest to participate in a mandatory clergy sexual ethics training.  It wouldn’t have mattered what the training would have been; I still probably would have been one of the last ones.  At least there were about 20 others in my boat. I don’t know what you think a training about clergy sexual ethics includes, but I’ve been to a few and I was sure I knew……

A different spirit

Churches are dying. The Christian faith is dying. At least that’s what the reports indicate.  It reminds me of the reports the “spies” came back with when they first explored the land God had promised the Israelites.  In the book of Numbers, a group goes to discover this new land.  Oh, it’s nice alright, but it’s full of giant, dangerous people.  We’ll never be able to go there!  The group said that and I’m sure…..

Someone spit in my face!

 

Well, not exactly, and it’s actually a great family story.  I talk about it in 2018’s first sermon: The Image of God Within Us.

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Seeing each other as the image of God is the key.

Otherwise:

  • I’m just another annoying loud mouth.
  • You’re just giving another dollar to some guy on the corner.
  • Chances are they will always be your enemy.
  • You’ll never move toward forgiveness (for yourself or someone else).
  • Everyone else will always be the problem.

You get it, right?  It may take some digging.  You might find it to be one of the most difficult things to do.  But the more committed we are to seeing ourselves and each other as an image of God, the more peace we’ll experience.

Stay blessed…john