"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.
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.