Jamie, fifteen, had never been partnered with 58-year-old Mr. Johnson before, but at
Pinewoods Golf Club, the pro always tried to pair up singles to keep the pace of play
moving. Despite their differences in age and ability, they were a good pair -- the intensity
of youth was balanced by the control of middle age. Both Jamie and Mr. Johnson took the
game seriously and played well.
At one point in the match, Mr. Johnson watched from the other side of the fairway as
Jamie picked up his ball from an unplayable lie and called out a penalty on himself.
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.