Enough Already!

FINISH each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living the Life of Love

When I think about people who embody God’s love, my mind immediately goes to Pete Ross. Pete was a wonderful woman who was a member of our West Texas congregation during the time I raised my kids. Pete had a joyous, peaceful demeanor that was absolutely infective. It was impossible to be around her and not have your spirit lifted. Her blue eyes shone brightly straight into your heart filling you with acceptance and love. Her delight in seeing you was genuine and affirming.

What a force she has been in my life!

In our world, we expect that a person must be ‘theologically well educated’ in order to achieve wisdom and insight into living the life of faith. Pete was ‘theologically well educated’ all right, but her education came not at one of the church’s fine seminaries, no, her education came directly from the school of life and was achieved through her unfailing openness to God and God’s love for her in the midst the stuff of life.
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Audible Sacraments — N.T. Wright

    It is also important to remind preachers that, just as some of the Reformers spoke of the sacraments as God’s “visible words”, so sermons are supposed to be “audible sacraments.” — N.T. Wright, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture