John Howard Yoder,
The work of God is the calling of a -people, whether in the Old Covenant or the New. The church is then not simply the bearer of the message of reconciliation, in the way a newspaper or a telephone company can bear any message with which it is entrusted. Nor is the church simply the result of a message, as an alumni association is the product of a school or the crowds in a theater are the product of the reputation of the film. That men and women are called together to a new social wholeness is itself the work of God, which gives meaning to history.
We’ve just left SSU and the journey has begun – Egypt, Israel and Jordan here we come!
(After hanging out in Boston tonight)
Lord God, extend our faith so that even when we fail to see the fruit of our planted seeds, we may have the assurance that every inch of soil overturned will lead to a harvest someday. Amen.
God has imprinted the image of the good things of His own nature on creation. But sin, in spreading out over the divine likeness, has caused this good to disappear, covering it with shameful garments. But if by life rightly led, you wash away the mud that has been put on your heart, the Godlike beauty will again shine our in you.
– Gregory of Nyssa
Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream
of what I need
– Bonnie Tyler
I don’t need a hero or a white knight, but lately I’ve been wondering – “where have all the good men gone?”. Where did the men who stood before God, family and friends looking at their wives and said that they would love, honour and cherish. The way Jesus did for his followers and his bride.
I think that much of this year has involved with dealing with men in the church who have, or are in the process of, abandoning their wives, their ministry and all for self-focused desires.
Where are the real men of the church? The ones willing to say that they need help to pull through and be vulnerable enough to admit their life is in chaos? What has happened?
[I’m still pondering this thought and struggle…more thoughts to come.]
We are nearing the end of our first week of campers here at Medley. We have been blessed with 88 campers ranging in age from 6 to 15. Our staff are working together very well – it is exciting and encouraging to be part of a team like this. Some of the campers this past week have challenged some of us while others have kept us laughing throughout the week.
One of the highlights for the past week, was one camper approaching Liz Harding after Chapel was over and said, “That was the first time I’ve ever prayed.” Comments like those remind us why we are here and do what we do.
We are already preparing for next week to welcome Junior Teen I campers. That age group brings a whole new dynamic and enthusiasm to the camp.
A few of us are battling colds right now, myself included. Praise God, there have been no hospital runs this week – may next week hold the same.
Thank you for praying for us, we really appreciate the support.