When one looks at the St. Elias mountain range, which borders Alaska, northern British
Columbia, and the Yukon, one thinks of majesty and stability -- it is rock solid, right?
Not really. The St. Elias range of mountains is located in one of the most earthquake
prone places in North America. One result of all this shaking and rolling of the earth is
that the St. Elias mountains are growing at a rate of four centimeters per year,
approximately the same rate that our fingernails grow. In 1899, one particularly severe
earthquake caused the mountains to rise ten meters in two minutes!
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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.