We were all rather surprised that the Kentucky Fried Chicken Ad at the start brought a tear all our eyes. That's a first.
I preached a lively message on Sunday from Psalm 73. I quoted this from Donald Miller.
“Humans, as a species, are constantly, and in every way, comparing themselves to one another, which, given the brief nature of their existence, seems an oddity and, for that matter, a waste. Nevertheless, this is the driving influence behind every human's social development, their emotional health and sense of joy, and, sadly, their greatest tragedies. It is as though something that helped them function and live well has gone missing, and they are pining for that missing thing in all sorts of odd methods, none of which are working. The greater tragedy is that very few people understand they have the disease. This seems strange as well because it is obvious. To be sure, it is killing them, and yet, sustaining their social and economic systems. They are an entirely beautiful people with a terrible problem.”
I chatted to someone who has started writing a book about their recent spiritual journey and recommended Blue like Jazz' to them. It's a fantastic read.
I've started reading 'The Longview'.
I am trying to make time to read the Bishop's pastoral letter 'Who is my neighbour?' A neighbouring parish were challenged recently in a sermon to read the letter and to at least consider voting differently from the way they normally vote or differently from your default political leaning.
I've been wondering what we are left with in the Bible if we take the Dean of St Paul's advice on Scripture.
It reminded me of the section in 'The Reason for God' about creating a 'Stepford Wives' God: