Wednesday, August 22, 2007


How can churches help their young people learn that they don't need (as their boomer parents seem to) a spectacular religion, an angel awakening, some sort of exotic experience that will last them for the next thirty years to convince them that they have faith. Can we instead learn together to recognize God in small things, the supposed "coincidences" of daily life, the gifts of all creation, especially the Word? (p.95)

How do we reconcile the spectacle of media presentations, for example, with the character of the God we are worshiping - an unpretentious Jesus who eschewed the temptation to indulge in spectacle for the sake of winning the crowds (Matt 2:5-7), a Christ of poverty who "emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,... [and] humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on the cross"(Phil. 2:7-8)? How do we teach worshipers to follow the steps of the Trinity manifested in Jesus if our medium doesn't match the message? Can't we serve the poor of our world best if we humble and empty ourselves, too? (96)

- Marva J. Dawn (unfettered hope, A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society)

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