I remember being at a retreat once where the leader asked us to think of someone who
represented Christ in our lives. When it came time to share our answers, one woman
stood up and said, "I had to think hard about that one. I kept thinking, Who is it who told
me the truth about myself so clearly that I wanted to kill him for it?" According to John,
Jesus died because he told the truth to everyone he met. He was the truth, a perfect mirror
in which people saw themselves in God's own light (from Barbara Brown Taylor, in The Christian Century, March 18-25, 1998).
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.