About 25 years ago, Ernest Campbell, former preaching minister at New York's
Riverside Church, titled a volume of sermons Locked In A Room With Open Doors. There is hardly a year goes by when I am not drawn to the sermon from which the
title of the book was drawn. In the sermon, Campbell covers the many things that hold us
back from going through the doors that God has opened for us -- the fear of the new,
worry, fear of the unknown. The assumption is that we ought to be able to go through the
doors that are open to us and that we should deal with what is holding us back.
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.