Moses had the most frustrating job ever. The Lord picked him to lead a large group of
people on a journey to a place none of them had ever visited. The people had no
experience of self-government; they'd been slaves all of their lives. But though they'd
been enslaved in Egypt, at least their day-to-day lives were predictable.
Freedom and the wilderness brought new challenges, however. How do you feed and
provide water for thousands of men, women, and children? Not many ministers face that
task. How do you act as an intermediary between God and a huge group of folks who
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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.