A significant number of the assigned biblical texts for these summer months are about
inclusivity. Of course, the Pentecost Sunday theme of May 27 (especially the first lesson
from Acts 2:1-21) affirms that differences in ethnicity do not get in the way of the unity
of God's people. The same theme is just as evident in the second lesson for June 24
(Galatians 3:23-29), as Paul proclaims that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave
nor free, male nor female. The theme of unity, that God's kingdom is for all people, is
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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.