Cool Hand Luke is a Paul Newman movie that really is a paradigm of the life of Jesus. Luke keeps coming back at everything life throws at him. No matter what cards are dealt him, he plays his hand cool. He is put in a prison where the convicts are constantly mistreated. The guards take away all he has, even his dignity. In one scene there is a confrontation with the warden, and the warden says, "What we have here is a failure to communicate." Luke's escapes become a symbol of humanity and freedom for the other prisoners. Toward the end, Luke is trapped in an old church. He prays.
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.