Box of crackers, Books about homosexuality, Sojourners magazine, Apostles Creed handout – Monday Messy Office Report – April 14, 2014

15 Apr

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today:

watercrackers

1. Box of Crackers – A friend in our church is in marketing for his company, and so he often receives samples from other similar companies.  On Sunday he brought in a box of crackers, hoping that a needy family in the church could use them.  A few of us were hanging out in the office getting ready to head home after worship and elective classes, and my daughter asked if she could sample the crackers.  He generously gave her a small pack, and asked what she thought of them.  “They taste like cardboard.”

2. Books about homosexuality – As I mentioned in last week’s post introducing this past Sunday’s sermon, we came to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 in which Paul mentions homosexuality.  So I spent time reading what a number of writers had to say about the intersection of Christianity and homosexuality.  Two of the books were still in my office: Torn by Justin Lee, and Homosexuality and the Church by Richard Lovelace.  The third, Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill was my favorite, and that one is loaned out already.  I was impressed by all three writers, and I encourage you to check them all out.   More on this topic tomorrow when I write a follow-up post to the sermon.  If you want a head start, you can listen to the sermon here.

3. Sojourners magazine – I’ve had a subscription to Sojourners for a few years now, and the most recent issue came in the mail over the weekend.  I hardly knew anything about Sojourners, until a trip my wife took six years ago changed that.  Michelle traveled to Cambodia at the invitation of Aiyana Ehrman, and there they looked at the problem of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual slavery. Six years later, I’m amazed at what the two of them have accomplished.    One thing led to another, and our eyes, hearts and minds were opened to God’s heart for the oppressed.  Then in 2010 a group from Faith Church spent a week with our sister church, Kimball Ave, in Chicago, where they taught about serious injustices in their community: poverty, housing, violence and so on.  Michelle eventually got a copy of the Poverty & Justice Bible, which highlights in orange all the passages in Scripture that relate to God’s heart for the oppressed.  They used a lot of orange ink printing that Bible.  How did I go through four years of Bible college and through most of my seminary degree without seeing that, without being taught that?  Sojourners is an excellent organization that brings solid biblical teaching to issues of justice.  I would encourage you to check them out.

4. Apostles Creed handout – I think one of my teenage boys left this in my office.  They are attending our elective class that is a video series about the Apostles Creed. How many of you can recite it: “I believe in God the Father Almighty…”?  Growing up, I barely knew about it, but after marriage, I became a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church here in Lancaster.  Michelle had grown up there, and in worship we recited the creed just about every week.  What a thought that Christians around the world can audibly express their faith and unity by saying these few short lines!  What’s more is that Christians have been saying this creed for hundreds and hundreds of years.  I encourage you to memorize it!

Now it’s time to clean this mess up!

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