One of the best things in the modern church is the creation of our Common Lectionary. For most of our mainstream churches, including Roman Catholic churches, we have settled on a common reading from the Hebrew Bible, the gospels, the New Testament letters, and the psalms, for each Sunday of the church year. In all our diverse congregations we centered our preaching on the readings from the letters: Thessalonians, Philippians, and Hebrews. We found rich and stirring words in these readings, and we discovered a unity beyond our honest differences.
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.