About fifty years ago, in response to the Lord's call, my wife and I put all of our
belongings in the back of an old Chevy and headed south from Portland, Oregon, with
our son to Los Angeles so we could finish schooling for ministry preparation. Some
friends and family thought we were crazy. We'd starve. Norma would wind up barefoot
and toothless and who knew what would happen to our son.
After school, no church wanted me to serve them. The oil company for whom I worked to
support the family offered me a position in northern California. Promotions came
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.
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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.