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In response to the debate among the disciples over who is the greatest in the kingdom, Jesus asserts that they must make a radical change in direction. They are headed down a dangerous path. They need to accept a new understanding of the concept of status. Tonight we focused on making a distinction between being childish and childlike.
Being childish is a will to continue believing the same religion in the same ways as we did as children, immersing ourselves in our world, but detaching from any meaning. Paul said that “love is the greatest form of knowledge.” This statement is easily forgotten in a world in which we are overwhelmed by information and stimulus.
We require wisdom enough to say that we don’t know. There is no single answer to many questions of faith. Our knowledge can make us cynical on occasion to the point of arrogance. Do our answers to many questions stop us from arriving at wisdom? Are our lives enriched by all of the distractions in our lives, or do they stop us from being present?
The example of a child at the beach illustrates our vision of being present. Rather than worrying about the future or regretting the past they are enraptured in the task at hand: fun. Our worry and our regret take us out of the moment that we are in. Do the things we worry about really have any significance? Each day is a new opportunity to begin again, to smash idols, and to remember that we, like the disciples, are not already guaranteed a spot in the kingdom if we do not create it.
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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