A few years ago I was engaged in a battle of heart and mind. I was struggling with the church – the body of Christ. You need to know that when I use the word “church,” it means the church catholic – all expressions of the church throughout the world. I was disappointed and cynical, and began to seriously doubt the present relevance and future significance of the church. This battle was fierce and prolonged. Even now skirmishes continue to erupt. One day, while driving and contemplating these issues, I prayed,
I’m often confounded by the theology of Twitter and Facebook. We used to put this kind of stuff on bumper stickers and t-shirts. You know what I mean… short, pithy sayings that reflect popular theology. With the advent of Facebook and Twitter this stuff goes viral. I understand the need to KISS, i.e., “keep it simple, stupid.” That’s how propaganda becomes the public consciousness. The problem with KISS is that sometimes simple makes us stupid. By that I mean that we don’t think…, we just say, “Amen!” So I would like to offer a few “KISS” statements that may sound good at first; but on further reflection just don’t add up, if we judge them by the truth of Holy Scripture.
Throughout life and ministry we meet many people. One of the things I have learned through the years is that it is amazing how certain people continue to cross our paths. My first pastorate was in Attapulgus, Georgia, a small town just north of Tallahassee, Florida. We served there just less than two years. But in those two years we met people that remain a part of our lives today. When we left Attapulgus, it never occurred to me that we would return over twenty years later as their district bishop. In that capacity, I was responsible for guiding them through a pastoral appointment process. The families of that small church continue to be a significant part of our lives.