"Please give me your attention," the flight attendant announced. "We ask you to fasten your seatbelt. For your safety please keep it on and do not remove it until the seatbelt light goes out. Then you are free to move around the cabin."
The polite thing to do is look up giving the stewardess your full attention. Or you can choose to just plain ignore the person transmitting life-saving information. If your reaction is to keep your nose in a book, you are being rude. How many times have you heard this spiel? Frequent fliers feel they can recite the message by heart.
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.