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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday's Devotion from Epiphany

Luke 9. 20He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (NRSV)

It is a question for the ages, a question which Jesus never stops asking. An answer is required, not just of the inner circle of disciples but of all who purport to be disciples. It is not so much a test as it is a reality check. How can we truly be disciples if we do not know the answer to the Master’s question? The answer is not casual-Jesus is my homeboy, Jesus is my BFF, my superhero, my all-in-all, blah blah blah. Which isn’t to say that those things aren’t important-hey are. But what does it mean to me that Jesus is your bud?
The disciples answer Jesus’ question correctly. They do not dwell on the warm and fuzzy but, rather, point out the all encompassing-Jesus is the “Messiah of God.” Yes, I have a personal relationship with Jesus-and so should you-but who Jesus is to me is not who he is to you. What he is-or who he is-for the whole world is what is important and tells us why each of us should have a relationship with him-despite the price he tells us we will pay.
Who do you say that he is?

We have never met you, we have never walked with you, we have never sat at your feet yet we still proclaim you “Messiah.” Help us pick up our crosses and follow you daily. Amen


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