Yeah… So this is my sense of humor. I’ll save you the sound effect that went along with this.
Eric Rahn is my new hero. His perspective on a difficult issue changed and, just I was ready to give up and give in because people’s fears were proving to take precedent over their faith, he posted something. He’s my new hero because even though he didn’t know it, he restored my faith that had taken a beating. He had courage not just to change, but also to admit it. Here is his statement, I hope it blesses you as it has me and that it causes you to think and pray over a difficult issue. This of course
During the festival of Hanukkah, it is common and customary to make and eat doughnuts (sufganiyot) which are fried and filled with jelly or custard, as well as other fried foods, to commemorate and remember the miracle of the Temple oil. The details and history of the miracle can be easily found and googled, so I won’t go into them here. The festival itself commemorates the dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt (2nd century BC). The miracle occurred when a small quantity of oil, enough for only one day, was all that was
In looking for answers and trying to discern how it is that we should respond to the recent events, I came across this from UNHCR that was prepared by the Jesuit Refugee Service. Try as I might, I don’t think that I could say it any better. I think that it is a good word for us all in this time, so please read and consider what it has to say.
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TO JOEL WATTS: “Over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters. Which only served to confirm my bias that hymns were simply out-of-date. They had served their purpose. They had run their course” This post is an exact description of my journey! For the few conversations I had with Joel Watts on this issue, he feels either exactly the same way or in a similar way! In my view the “link” between us, current Christians (avoiding the word “actual”) and those who came before us,
In a comment section of another post I have written, the question was posed “Is there any middle ground left in our increasingly polarized “holy conferencing?” Can the General Conference do at least two things to bring us together?” with the link to this blog. I found the post well written and thought out and therefore worthy of a reply that was better handled in this format than as a reply to a reply. Please take the time to read what Rev. Terry Van Hook has to say about this and other topics as well. A big thank you to Rev. Terry