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.
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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.