Articles from May 03, 2012
Now that most of the defendant congregations have reached settlement with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, it seems like a good time to sit back and reflect on what has happened, what it all means, and how we can move forward.
What would cause over 600 people to show up early Easter Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan? Could it be that they wanted to enjoy a special Sunrise Service and celebrate that they are followers of Jesus Christ? Or could it be that they wanted to run a special race that honored their faith in Jesus? Or finally, could it be that they wanted to get a fabulous race tee shirt and proudly show their friends? Well, I think the answer is “yes” to all of this.
One of the things Jesus had a outstanding ability to define spiritual truth in terms of the activities people were already engaged in. He didn’t teach like the scribes and the Pharisees (precepts, propositions and concepts about God and how to live). He taught in word pictures and stories that reflected the every day life experiences of the people who listened to Him, particularly the poor. The basis of the Scripture never changed, He quoted it accurately, but was able to translate the fullest meaning into the lives of His hearers.