S. H. Hadley tells of speaking to some men one night at the Bowery Mission. At the close of his message, he invited them to come forward to accept Christ. One of those who came was a derelict who was often seen wandering through the streets of the slum area. When the minister knelt beside him at the altar rail, he found that he was already praying. He kept saying the same thing over and over: "Dear Lord, make me like Joe." The minister interrupted him to say, "Ask God to make you like Jesus!" The derelict opened his eyes and asked, "Is Jesus any better than Joe?"
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.
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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.