Johnny was a talker, and even though his talk often got him into trouble, he didn’t seem to learn. One summer, Johnny came to spend time with his cousins who lived on a farm. Johnny, a bright lad, read up on cattle farming so that he would be able to hold a conversation with his two cousins. He knew the lingo. Problem was, he began to brag. In fact, he bragged, he could wrestle a cow to the ground without working up a sweat. At first his cousins ignored his bravado and let him talk, but after a week or so, they couldn’t take it anymore. They decided that it was time to check Johnny’s talk.
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.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
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.