No, history does not repeat itself. Yes, history is a human construct. Now, if you will all just work with me, take a gander at this longish quotation from the Introduction to The Meaning of Prayer (1916) by Harry Emerson Fosdick (pictured here...note the killer vestments). The Introduction was written by John R.
Sometimes I'm a little slow. It's true. I don't always read the Bible as
if it were for me. Lately I most often read scripture in search of a
sermon for the congregation. Now, I realize that most of these sermons
are also for me, but, yeah. I forget just to read for God's
leading for my own life, for a deeper understanding of my own place with
the People of God. It's a slippery slope.
week's sermon is a reflection on the recent events in Egypt. I am
struck by the witness to peace and interfaith respect that exists in the
midst of great violence. I am convicted of my own cowardice and
My friend, Larry Kamphausen, posted an interesting essay on his blog recently. You can read it here. He's struggling publicly with what it means to be stuck, caught between two (or more) ecclesial realities. He says:
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