Inclusive Membership, Prophetic Vision, And The American Church
Twice a year, on Visitors' Sunday and on Oak-hurst's anniversary, Stroupe takes the opportunity to retell a bit of the Oakhurst story in the context of a biblical passage. The following reflection upon Mary's encounter with the risen Jesus, and how that story continues to shape and give meaning to the story of Oakhurst, was given on just such an occasion. It is an opportunity for visitors and members alike to walk again the rich narrative ground from which the recurring themes of Stroupe's homiletic voice have grown and from which they continue to receive nourishment.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.