On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco. What the earthquake didn't destroy, fire did. Much of the city lay in ruins, but plans were quickly put into place to rebuild the city. City and state officials downplayed the extent of the damage believing that if people knew the true story, they wouldn't invest in San Francisco's reconstruction. Building standards were lowered, some estimate by as much as 50%, in the rush to rebuild the city. Part of the rush to rebuild had to do with the Panama-Pacific Exposition that was to be held in the city in 1915.
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.