Chris once asked the pastor, during catechism class, if the devil could take over a person's
body as one sees in the movies. The pastor responded with James 4: 7, "Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." "How is this to
be done?" Chris replied. The pastor went up further into the epistle text and cited, verse
13 discussing gentleness and good works that are born of wisdom. As verse 14 suggests,
being bitter, envious, selfish, boastful, and not telling the truth might be the ways that any
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.