You know how it is when you're packing for a long trip. You lay out all the things you
want, then you narrow it down to the things you need -- and all along, you ask yourself,
"What if it rains? What if my flight is canceled, and I have to spend an extra night? Do I
have enough money for every emergency? And, oh yes, Karl Malden says, be sure to buy
Before his disciples set out on their journey, Jesus tells them, "Carry no purse, no bag, no
sandals." Disciples of Jesus Christ are meant to travel light. Everything that could
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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.