Saturday, June 23, 2007

5K's Suck...

I ran my first 5K with Becky. It sucked. I can't wait to do it again. I won't post my time, it's depressing, but I finished and failure is a much better motivator anyway.

Partly because the 5K sucked, I bought some new running shoes. I am excited. Last time I bought "running" shoes, they turned into "generic athletic" shoes. The problem with that is that I'm trying to train myself to run with better form than I walk. When I use the other shoes for softball (they get dirty) I wear them out differently than for running Plus, the fit was wrong, which was the real impetus for the purchase of new shoes... Oh, yea, and new running socks. I'm gonna be so fit, I'll be able to run a whole block without getting winded. No marathons yet.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Failure to Launch...

This is my first post with an image, yeah!

I was reading this article earlier today and I started thinking about all the things the church is doing wrong with the less than privileged. This and a comment on a previous post that the church may be growing because of intimidation. (Not an untrue comment, either).

What is it that we are doing to push people away from God when our purpose is to do the opposite? Or rather, why are we pushing people away from God, when our sole purpose is to bring them to God?

Is that our purpose anyway? I was debating scripture with a friend from college today. This is not a thing I normally do, neither the debate itself, nor with this person. But the topic of the "greatest commandment" came up. He was misquoting the statement, I corrected and then we had to actually get out a Bible in order to rectify the disagreement. So, in Matthew 22, JC was asked what is the greatest commandment, good ol' JC tells them, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (NRSV)

Judging from this passage, our purpose is not to lead people to Christ, but to love God and each other. By any account, we are doing a horse apple job of it.
I guess that is why we ELCA Lutherans say in confession..."We have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbors as our selves..." (Lutheran Book of Worship)

I'm sorry, friends, I've failed you.