Every minister knows that when you come back to your office after Sunday worship and see notes on your desk or on your chair, it's usually not good news. But every once in awhile, you get a nice surprise. Here's a little gem that a kindergarten teacher left for me one morning:
"One of my students, a 5-year-old boy, is from a family who has not paid much attention to their religion, though they are Catholic. The boy saw a picture of Jesus carrying the cross up to Calvary and asked, 'Hey, why's that man carrying a lower case 't'?' "
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.