Children do it more obviously. Spouses practice it more subtly: selective hearing. People
hear what they want and tend to ignore the rest. Pastors are sincerely complimented on
what they did say in their sermons, which makes up for some of the blame they receive
for what they also didn't say.
We do it with one another and we do it with Jesus. Jesus tells us to be reconciled and we,
instead, file suit. Jesus tells us to be at peace and we, instead, shout, "Support the troops."
Jesus tells us to follow him and we, instead, hire a pastor. Jesus commands us to "Go
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.