Sunday, March 02, 2008
After all the commotion of the past week, it was good to get back to basics today at ECOOS. Charlie delivered a good sermon on the healing gospel focusing initially at the humorous parts where the formerly blind guy argues with the pharisees. The sermon could have been a little shorter, and I wondered about the reference to tossing out the "antisemitic" tone of John's Gospel. When we are made uncomfortable with a Biblical text, maybe we are the proverbial "Dum Dums" who need some explanation and perhaps more study rather than tossing out the parts we don't like. Sometimes we learn more from looking inward for the causes of our discomfort. The commotion of the past week with the departure of the Stringer family, a family that has devoted much time, talent, and treasure to our youth program makes me uncomfortable. Let us not be blind to what is happening around us, and simply toss this off, but use this as an opportunity for discernment.