"A new heaven and a new earth": It's hard enough for people to get used
to living in relation to the old heaven and even to understand the old earth. In the 1930s,
J. Harlen Bretz proposed a new geological theory. He deduced that near Helena,
Montana, a giant inland sea, in some places 2,000 feet deep and 200 miles long, formed
behind an ice dam. The dam broke and drained as many as 100 times over thousands of
years and water from the glacial lake would sweep west at ninety miles an hour all the
way to the Pacific. Bretz's theory was resisted and reviled.
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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.