Archive for May, 1997

Life With Lucy: Part 4

May 31, 1997

Lucy opens the scene by saying philosophically: "Life is like a deck chair. Some face theirs backwards and look at where they've been; some face forward so they can see where they are going; and some put theirs sideways so … (read more)

Life With Lucy: Part 3

May 30, 1997

Lucy and Linus are home alone and Lucy is looking out the widow, musing that life is a drag. "I'm completely fed up. I've never felt so low in my life". Linus suggests that when you're in a mood like … (read more)

Life With Lucy: Part 2

May 29, 1997

One day Charlie Brown is reflecting to Lucy on what a disgrace it is the way she and Linus, her brother, fight all the time. "You're really lucky to have each other. Brothers and sisters should learn to love each … (read more)

Life With Lucy: Part 1

May 28, 1997

Do you read Charlie Brown comics? You should. There is more theology in them than in most of the sermons I hear. Lucy, in one Peanuts comic strip for example says: "I love humanity. It's people I can't stand.'" I … (read more)

Really Living On Purpose

May 27, 1997

How do we put our religious beliefs into everyday living? How do we practice what we preach? Part of an answer may be found in two paraphrases from the book, How, Then, Shall We Live?, by Wayne Muller. The heart … (read more)

One Greater Than The Temple

May 26, 1997

Several times throughout the year, our town's ecumenical group of Christians – Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Baptists, and Catholics – gather for a joint worship service. The hosting church usually provides the liturgy and choir, and a visiting preacher or … (read more)

The Race Is Not To The Swift

May 25, 1997

A young woman asks if I have signed up for an upcoming 5K "Fun Run." "Oh, Karen, I'm not a racer; I just chug along for my health." "But how do you know until you try? How can you improve … (read more)

Frustrating Circumstances

May 24, 1997

Some days are very frustrating. Well, not exactly. It's not so much the day that is frustrating, as it is the development of circumstances. For example: Maybe there is a project you've been wanting to work on for some time. … (read more)

Only A Shepherd Could Ever Know

May 23, 1997

Even raised the modern way, sheep seem to be an awfully messy, labour-intensive bother, and I can't imagine why anyone would choose to raise them as an occupation. Indeed, shepherds themselves are at a loss to explain their calling: Now … (read more)

The Way Of All Sheep

May 22, 1997

In her book, Raising Sheep the Modern Way, British Columbian Paula Simmons presents a nuts-and-bolts explanation of the vocation, including such topics as fences, feeds, lambing positions, parasites, hoof care, shearing, and mutton recipes. Yet even in such a secular … (read more)

God's Sheepdogs

May 21, 1997

In his book The Shepherd Psalm, F.B. Meyer refers to "goodness and lovingkindness" as our "celestial escort". Charles Swindoll suggests that these are "God's sheepdogs", ever near His flock, nipping at our heels to keep us in line, on guard … (read more)

Loving Preparations

May 20, 1997

A shepherd who comes to a new field uproots poisonous plants, searches for evidence of predators, and "prepares" it by pouring thick oil around the viper holes he finds, producing a surface too slick for the vipers to pass over. … (read more)

When The Spirit Comes (2)

May 19, 1997

Two things attracted people to Jesus; what he did and who he was. His teaching, healing and miraculous works amazed them beyond measure. At the same time his self-sacrificing love and compassion drew them to himself and held them as … (read more)

When The Spirit Comes (1)

May 18, 1997

At a critical time during World War II, Sir Winston Churchill made this urgent appeal to the people of the United States of America, "Give us the tools and we will finish the job." These famous words can be used … (read more)

The God Of The Impossible

May 17, 1997

Many thought it was impossible. A committed and dedicated little group believed that with God nothing is impossible. So they prayed and listened. They listened and they prayed. Months went by. Ideas emerged. At last a clear word came from … (read more)

Reflections

May 16, 1997

The Red River, or "Red Sea" as it is now called, with its flooding of a large portion of Southern Manitoba, Canada, has dominated the news in Canada for the past few weeks. This flood is of particular interest to … (read more)

Defenceless Yet Fearless

May 15, 1997

Sheep are virtually defenceless. While most animals have some effective means of defence — sharp claws; teeth; speed; ability to hide; keenness of smell, sight, or hearing; great strength; ferocity — sheep are awkward, weak, and ignorant; their spindly legs … (read more)

Righteousness Vs. Self-Righteousness

May 14, 1997

As teen-age rebellions go, I suppose this one is relatively mild: my daughter finds "our" church boring and prefers to attend worship service at quite a different church. Despite membership and active participation in our town's Ecumenical Council, despite reinforcing … (read more)

Green Pastures And Still Waters

May 13, 1997

When joints or muscles ache from too much weekend exercise, I'm fairly quick to realize that my body's trying to tell me something and encourage healing along with the appropriate dose of Ibuprophen, an ice pack or heating pad, rest, … (read more)

The Lord Is My Shepherd

May 12, 1997

Oh, but I do want! I want sparkling, riveting words to appear on the computer screen as my fingers press the keys. I want to approach "parent-teacher conferences" with smug confidence rather than fearful apprehension. I want more time to … (read more)

All In The Family

May 11, 1997

Jeanne wrote our own wedding song and it contained the promises we wished to make to bind our lives in life-long commitment. The vows were for husband and wife but grew to include a wider family that has developed over … (read more)

Supporting 'Those' Young People

May 10, 1997

I just read an article about the youth of today and the terrible state of their lives. The article lamented that most youth were addicted to computer and T.V. monitors at the least, and to cocaine and marijuana at the … (read more)

'Those' Young People

May 9, 1997

A hundred years ago people were different. We were raised on the stories of how hard our grandparents worked, especially as children, and we were told to follow in their footsteps. In the Pictou Advocate of November 1895, an editorial … (read more)

A Face In The Crowd

May 8, 1997

My first call to the ministry was as assistant pastor to a large suburban congregation. It was not uncommon for us to have 500 people in church on a Sunday morning. Even the gallery was packed. Our Senior Pastor was … (read more)

Recreating The Clay

May 7, 1997

While in Newfoundland with the Atlantic Ecumenical Council, I had opportunity to visit a hermitage which had a resident potter. He displayed for us the creative process that transformed a lump of clay into a wonderful new creation. Just when … (read more)

Faith Examination

May 6, 1997

In her book, Look Better, Feel Better, Bess M. Mensendieck, M.D., tells how, in ten minutes a day, to achieve a youthful body and increased vitality – without tiring exercises! To most people their own body is a stranger to … (read more)

God: An Invitation

May 5, 1997

It is this God revealed in Jesus Christ that invites you today to choose what you will do with this gift called life, and with the time and talent and treasure entrusted to you. This God invites you into an … (read more)

God: Revealed In Jesus Christ

May 4, 1997

It is here, in the Christ, that I come closest to knowing the Creator God, the source of all life and love in the universe, eternal, unchanging, all-powerful. And I am left knowing that the only biographical picture I ever … (read more)

God: With A Face

May 3, 1997

The only glimpse ever given of God, except that curious passage when Moses is granted a discrete view of God's back (Exodus 33:18-23), is in the person of Jesus Christ. Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and … (read more)

God: Who Are You?

May 2, 1997

The church has dug deep looking at the why and the wherefore and all the rest regarding God, though I don't think we have ever attempted a biography, such as that of Jack Miles in his book God: A Biography. … (read more)

God: I Am Who I Am

May 1, 1997

In membership classes we share a prayer which expresses how little we can say about God, a prayer from the St. Andrew's Press, which goes like this: Lord, we are ill at ease in a world we cannot regulate with … (read more)

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