Eugene Peterson, in his book Reversed Thunder, makes a fascinating distinction between a lamp and a lamp-stand in the book of Revelation. He begins by saying that churches are not Victorian parlors where everything is always neat and tidy. In fact, churches in the New Testament as well as today are more like messy family rooms. Things are out of order; the whole place has a sense of being lived in. They are not show rooms but living rooms. Since God calls sinners into the life of the church, individual churches are always going to be imperfect and an affront to the upright.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.