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    "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." ...C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Prophetic Call


Eric Metaxas spoke in Charleston on January 15th and 16th.  He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  He also has written three other books, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, also a New York Times bestseller, but in his two lectures he focused on Bonhoeffer.
As Metaxas spoke about the incredible life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, he described Bonhoeffer's insistence that the church needed to listen for and to obey the voice of our Lord in order to respond to the challenges posed by Hitler and the Nazis.  It was precisely Bonhoeffer's ability to hear the Word of God that enabled him to have such a prophetic role, one that ultimately led to his execution.    

Metaxas appreciates the witness to Jesus Christ of men and women who have lived in a way that was shaped and guided by their faith with courage and conviction.  In his book on William Wilberforce, Metaxas shares the story of how Wilberforce's faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ led him to work so tirelessly for decades to end the slave trade in the British Empire.  

The day of the second lecture by Metaxas was January 16, the day we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I found it ironic that Dr. King was not mentioned during the gathering.  No one asked a question or connected the witnesses of Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer with that of King.  We missed an opportunity.  

But more than that, we also missed an opportunity to reflect together on the identify and voice of God's prophets today and the ways in which we might hear and respond to God's call.  Instead, the conversation shifted to the ways in which Christians can engage culture.  Certainly, the prophetic role of the church is one way, but unfortunately that was not the focus of the conversation.  Was this just another opportunity missed, or perhaps something deeper?  Perhaps our conversation bore witness to the difficulty we have in hearing God's prophetic voice, especially when God calls us to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Who are God's prophets today?  In what ways are they calling us to obey the Word of God, Jesus Christ? 

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012


The Power of Vulnerability

12.  Do something really nice – that no one knows about.
11. Spend more money on other people than I spend on myself. Love my neighbor as I love myself. And love myself as I love my neighbor.
10. Laugh often… especially at advertisements that try to convince me that I must buy more stuff in order to be happy. 
9. Learn a new life skill – like carpentry, pottery, or canning vegetables. Teach someone else I life skill I know how to do. 
8.  Love a few people well, remembering that what is important is not how much we do but how much love we put into doing it.
7.  Write a letter to someone I need to say thank you to. Write another letter to someone I need to ask to forgive me. 
6.  Track down a critic or someone I disagree with and take them to lunch. Listen to them.
5.  Compliment someone I have a hard time complimenting… and mean it.
4.  Choose life. Do something regularly to interrupt the patterns of injustice – do something to end violence, bullying, war, capital punishment and other mean and ugly things.
3.  Pause before every crisis and ask “will this matter in 5 years?”
2.  Get outside often and marvel at things like fireflies and shooting stars. And regularly get my hands into the garden… so when I type on the computer I can see dirt under my fingernails.
1.  Believe in miracles. And live in a way that might necessitate one.
Shane Claiborne is a Red Letter Christian and a founding partner of The Simple Way community, a radical faith community that lives among and serves the homeless in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. He is the co-author, with Chris Haw, of Jesus for President.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal: Saturday!

Christmas Pageant dress rehearsal: Every child and every youth needed this Saturday morning at the church from 9:00 am to 12 noon. Yes....everyone..all children and that parts, songs and costumes can be finalized for this Sunday! See you there!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Website is Live!

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Check out our new website, now live.  It will help is members could pull it up whenever they are on line to help it rise in the search rankings making it more easily found on the web.  Let us know what you think!