When Moses asks God's name as Moses trembles before the burning bush, God says, "I AM who I AM. Tell them 'I AM' sent you." As Jesus describes himself in seven different ways in John's gospel, and says, "I am the Good Shepherd," "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life," "I am the Bread of Life," and so on, surely the author expects us to hear that name of God expressed: Tell them "I AM" sent you. When Paul says to the folks at Corinth, "By the grace of God, I am what I am," could he not also expect us to hear God's name in that as well? "By the grace of God, the name of God is on me."
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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.