Why does it seem we have to keep saying this! The Lord God, through Moses, made it crystal clear so long ago that some think the spokesperson, Moses, never really existed but was simply a character created to tell the story of how the basic laws of human behavior grew up way back in the fuzzy parts of history where fact and myth mix. It’s the Sixth Commandment, for heaven’s sake! Number Six of the Big Ten. You’ve heard it, I know. Lives matter. Thou shalt not take one. (That King James language still carries with it a sort of invisible exclamation mark.)Read More
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Lucy has always been one of my favorite Peanuts characters. I am not sure if it is her way of speaking exactly what she feels or the fact that she feels a deep desire to show she cares even if she doesn’t know how, but I am drawn to her. With lines like, “The world would be a better place if everyone would just listen to me” and “I am a positive force” (said yelling at the top of her lungs) – how can one not love Lucy?
This is a spinoff of her usual “Psychiatric help/The Doctor is in” booth, where she dishes out her usual straightforward, tell it like it is, advice. I wonder what would happen if someone came into my office for help and got a dose of Lucy. Would he or she walk away and never come back? Would they be happy to get a straightforward answer? I tend to think most people think they want straightforward answers, but in actuality they wouldn’t really want to hear the advice.
Remember the scripture this past Sunday from Ephesians about telling your neighbor the truth – our “Guidelines for Harmonious Living”? “What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth!” (From the Message) What I didn’t say in the sermon, but most of you
were probably thinking it, was that this is dangerous. Not everyone likes Lucy’s approach to life. Not everyone wants to hear the truth. But the truth that Paul is speaking of is a truth about ourselves, not a truth about others. “The universal human assumption is that people say what is to their own advantage, that projecting a desirable self-image is primary in what people say.” (The People’s New Testament Commentary) So what Paul is saying is, be your true self to your neighbor. That’s some advice we can all use!
As Disciples of Christ we talk about unity often. We talk about it around the table. We talk about it in regard to our relationship with other denominations and we talk about it in regard to our own denomination. This week I am living out the conversation about unity. At CYLS, the Southwest Regional Leadership event, all eight of our Regions are represented. But here, we are three different groups.Read More
When I was a young kid, I rode the bus to school. I remember where you sat on the bus was very important in telling everyone how “cool” or “uncool” you were. All the “cool” kids sat in the back. This logic was not restricted to bus rides to and from school. Anytime we got on the bus, whether it was for a field trip or for an athletic event, one better choose carefully when deciding where to sit. Maybe that’s why our sanctuary looks the way it does on Sunday mornings? Maybe all the “cool” kids are in the back.Read More
I wanted to take a break from the usual comic to speak a bit about our upcoming Christianity and Islam study. I am sure you all have seen one of these bumper stickers at some point in your life on the DFW highways. Some of you may have one on your car. The original artist had just three symbols on his coexist. The Crescent Moon formed the “c” and represented Islam, the Star of David formed the “x” and represented Judaism, and the Cross formed the “t” and represented Christianity. The peace sign, the male/female sign, and the yin/yang were added as the bumper sticker became more popular.Read More