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A older gentleman told his neighbor: “I got this great new hearing aid. It cost me $5,000. It is state of the art. It is perfect!”
“What kind is it?” The neighbor said.
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One of the most profound blessings of being a pastor is that I have gotten to learn some of your backstories. That is the blessing of Christian community – we step out of the shadows and share our lives. We work together, and pray together, and serve together, and laugh together and cry together – we are illumined by the light of one another and we walk into the light of God’s kingdom; in short we “let our light shine!”
I love the church at Corinth. It reminds me of Forest Hill. All the things that you and I wrestle with today they were wrestling with then: what does it all mean to be a Christian in a thriving and troubling world? How to be a diverse and inclusive community: slave and free, Jew and Greek, male and female? How can one be both a good citizen and a counter-culture rebel?
Today has become, for the church in America, in most places, a day of remembrance and thanksgiving for the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is right and fitting to remember an American Saint – one who gave his life for the vision of the Kingdom of God; one who made us aspire to something good; one who brought us together with words and acts that helped us envision a better America.
I saw the new Star Wars movie “Rogue One” over the holidays. If you are into those kind of movies, I recommend it. It’s the mythic battle of good vs. evil Just when the powers of the “dark side” seem certain to win, a person arises whose power and light confounds the darkness. In this movie it is Jin a young woman.