It's a moving, gripping scene. It's the best scene in the movie, The Greatest Story Ever Told. The camera looks out from the darkened tomb into the face of Jesus as he prays. Then it cuts to a long shot from the foot of the hill, and we join the crowd, buzzing with excitement, as they watch Lazarus come out. Three people from the crowd get really excited and they begin running. As they run the short distance from Bethany to the walls of Jerusalem, we notice who they are; we've seen these folks earlier in the movie. One is the man born blind, having no trouble seeing where he is going.
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.