Ask people, "What special tree was located in the Garden of Eden?" Most will reply that
it was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That was an exceptional tree, but not the
most special one. The most important tree there was the tree of life. That plant could have
given Adam and Eve eternal life, but they never paid much attention to it. They became
fixated on the other tree.
How could they be so unwise as to spend their time on that forbidden fruit, and why did
they believe the devil's lie? We need only look at our own choices. The tree of life is
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.