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"To our most bitter opponents we say: 'We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. Throw us in jail and we shall still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and we shall still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour to beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you. … [Read more...]

Creation Celebrates God’s Redemptive Works

by Eugene PetersonThe way in which this sacramental sense shapes our relation to our environment is expressed in the middle lines of the prayer. The sea looked and fled,Jordan turned back.The mountains skipped like rams,The hill like lambs.---- vv.3-4 At one level, this is simply a colorful account of the Exodus: "The sea looked and fled." In the more sober language of prose, this is the story of Israel. Fleeing from the Egyptians and then blocked at the waters of the Red … [Read more...]

Of Sacraments and Idols

by Eugene PetersonBut when we return to such natural settings in order to recover such feelings, what ordinarily happens is that we become more attentive to our feelings than to God. We have crossed a line. We are not praying but "using" nature to produce religious feelings. By engaging in the proper rituals and with a little of bit of luck we can manipulate nature for selfish benefit.This is the origin of the antiprayer called magic. Prayer is willingness practiced before God; magic is … [Read more...]

Creation & The Psalms

by Eugene Peterson When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock … [Read more...]

So What About the Book of Revelations?

by Harold Dean TrulearI hear a sound.It is a knock. Do you hear it? It is a knock-- sure and steady. There is a knock; yes, there's somebody knocking at our door! Jesus is knocking. He has not given up on Laodicea. Jesus is knocking. There is hope for Laodicea. Jesus is knocking. The ultimate destiny of Laodicean saints is still in view. Jesus is knocking, and he has a word for us in Paterson today.He says, "If anyone hears my voice ..."Oh, I am glad he said "anyone." That's … [Read more...]

So, What About Prophecy?

by Harold Dean Trulear “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy fro … [Read more...]

Dealing with Distraction

by John David PunchI have a problem. I don't like to be interrupted. I doubt I'm alone, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I have a bigger problem than most people. I like to get things done, I don't multi-task very well (unless it comes to watching multiple sporting events at once), and I don't like to procrastinate. But I'm a pastor and a husband and a dad and a neighbor and many other things. There are times when I would like to finish the book I'm reading, to finish the sermon I'm … [Read more...]


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