Monday, July 28, 2014
This summer I have had more than one conversation with persons who wonder why I worship when I "don't have to be there." They wonder if I do it because I'm afraid of God being angry with me if I don't, or if I do it because I receive some grand gifts that they didn't know about when I worship. In other words, they wonder if it is "the carrot or the stick" that get me to worship every Sunday, even on sabbatical. I'd say now that it's neither. I worship because of who Christ is. All things hold together in Christ. All things were created through and for Christ. Without Christ I have no life. That's why I worship. What would you say?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
If you aren't a baseball fan you may not have seen the above picture that was taken during the Home Run Derby last night at Target Field, Minneapolis, during the All-Star Game festivities. The picture looks unreal, like it's from some fantasy baseball movie, but no, this rainbow actually came forth during Brian Dozier's at-bats during the derby. It made it's way onto the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune's sports section.
Interestingly there was quite a bit of media chatter about this rainbow in the sky. Why is that? I suppose one explanation is that human beings are naturally superstititous - esp. baseball players, some say. I have another hunch. I think there is a natural longing in all of us to hear a word from on high - especially a word of promise. We long to know that the Creator of us all is blessing us and granting us favor. It goes back to that promise to Noah when, following the Great Flood, God says: "I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." (Gen. 9:13) Is the rainbow a word of gospel from on high? I think it is something we long to believe.