Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
- Am I on “good terms” with every other member of my congregation? Why not?
- Is my congregation one of want, or one of abundance?
- How has the world commercialized Christ?
- Am I a consumer or a producer within my congregation?
- Where can I find sacred space – inside or outside the confines of my congregation’s building?
- How do I make things harder for my pastor? How do I make things easier?
- Do I tear others down by praying "for" them in church?
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
The time was nigh, and the Pastor started to prepare his flock. He forewarned them that he would be tortured, that he would be rejected by the bishops and the lay leaders of the Church, that he would be murdered by the government, and that he would arise from the grave three days later. He said this out-loud in front of every one, so the chairperson of his Church Council pulled him aside and started to dress him down: "What are you doing? How do you expect us to grow in numbers with a such a depressing message? Who's going to tithe to a doomed cause?"
The Pastor turned and spoke to all his Trustees: "Get out of my way, Satan! Instead of focusing on the divine, you're worrying about the flesh."
He called to the whole crowd to come close: "If any of you want to follow me, reject your body's needs and wants. Take up what you fear most and just follow. Anyone who is so concerned about death is already dead. But, those who embrace death for the sake of living and giving the good news of my gospel here and now shall live on with me forever! What profit is there for you to buy the whole world and yet lose your immortal soul? Think about it: what in the world do you own that is so valuable that you can buy eternal peace with it? Those of you who are ashamed of me and are embarrassed by my teachings of love, faith and hope will find that I will be ashamed to say I knew you when your time comes."
(Retelling of Mark 8:31-38)