The story of Doubting Thomas: It is so easy to demonize his lack of faith. But in fact Thomas' doubts, like our own, may be signs of a vibrant walk with Jesus, for doubts come when you care and spend of a lot of time thinking about your faith. The famed Roman orator Cicero claimed that "by doubting we come to truth." In the view of the famous modern theologian Paul Tillich, "Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith." The intimacy of faith and doubt was well expressed by novelist Hermann Hesse in Magister Ludi: "...
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.