What comes first—your actions or your beliefs? Here's Paul's answer: neither one. What comes first is the love of God.
Advent | First Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
I entered parish ministry with a fair amount of idealism, particularly liturgical idealism. Inconveniently, the liturgical proclivities I picked up in seminary were not especially popular with my first congregation. This became clear as a sleigh bell during our first Advent season together.
It is often observed by my friends, and even by my wife, that I might be a little too “angry” for someone who supposedly is called to a ministry of presenting the gospel to others. They don’t go so far as to call me a hypocrite, but I do think they’re pointing out that I’m not always that nice, that I don’t necessarily embody forgiveness (or even the golden rule), that “Christian” implies a graciousness I simply lack. To be honest, I’m okay with the criticism.
by Hardy KimNovember 25, 2013