We had a special worship service last night to ordain and install a deacon who wasn't in town in February when we, uh, did the rest of 'em.
Just off the day before's homiletical offering and already preparing for the next one, I preached for just a few minutes on 2 Timothy 4:1-5 with illustrations from the last great President of Princeton and my home pastor.
Gathering in his room on the 5th floor of the Hilton in Baltimore during a big franchise meeting where seminarians served as cheap labor (gofers), the last great President of Princeton said to Chris, Paul, Roger, and me, "I don't care what you do; but do something for Christ's sake!"
My home pastor preached at my ordination on 5/8/77, "Be slow! Be steady! Be solid! Be for Jesus!"
The last great President of Princeton and my home pastor have been home with Jesus for several years; but I don't think a day goes by without recalling what they said and trying to live up to Him.
Did you notice their Christocentric charge?
Sadly, any connection between Jesus and most mainliners today is purely coincidental.
C'mon, don't be so defensive!
Aside from punctuating prayers with His Name occasionally, do you recall His Name coming up in any mainline meetings as the focus and filter for decision-making?
BHO's pastor disaster is a mainliner.
HRC's youth pastor and continuing spiritual guru is a mainliner.
No wonder they don't talk too much about Jesus; and no wonder their voting records betray antagonism toward so many Christian ethics.
I don't know anything about JM's pastor; but I know he's dead meat if he picks MR as his running mate.
For all of the good as well as bad reasons, America ain't gonna put a Mormon a heartbeat away from the button(s).
Of course, WJC does have a lot in common with Mormon men; which HR and CC think is irrelevant to Election 2008.
I confess voting for GWB twice; but it's been all down hill for him since a pretty good showing around 9/11/01.
Yeah, he inherited a mess; but he seems to have added to it when it comes to important issues like the wallet and war.
When it comes to war, I don't get it. Have you checked the list of our so-called allies? Saudi Arabia? Hello! That's like Red Sox and Yankees fans sitting together around a campfire and singing Kum Ba Yah. I don't think so.
When GWB talks about Islam, it makes me think he's as ignorant as Democrats advertise.
When it comes to the wallet, I don't get it. What's wrong with this picture? Kuwait. Iraq. Saudi Arabia. Trillions of $ bailing out the Middle East. Big oil buddies. $4 a gallon. What's that song? "Everybody plays the fool, sometime..."
But considering the cast this time around, I'd probably vote for him again.
You know that train that left the station without me?
I'm still trying to figure out how the greatest empire in the history of the planet ended up with this final three.
Can you yell, "Fore!"?
Another song comes to mind: "This is the end, my only friend, the end..."
Gotta give it to the Democrats.
GWB hands Election 2008 to 'em and they're about to blow it as HRC and BHO go at it.
Commenting on the contextual politics of BHO's pastor disaster, a really smart lawyer in my neck of the woods - one of my deeply embedded sources - wrote: "Do you see the dynamics? The right wanted to create the perfect storm in the Democratic Party. WJC and HRC along with their sycophants are willing accomplices due to their desperation and the fact that they have pulled it out in the past (ML!). Though the Democrats should have steamrolled all the way into the legislative and executive branches (and eventually the courts with more appointments like RBG), they may very well lose the White House."
Prophetically, he went on, "I don't think BHO's pastor or faith will be as much an issue once he gets past the convention. If he gets shot down before then, the Democrats are going to be in a world of pain."
He concluded: "Extreme lefties and those Liberation Theology types will continue to be too strident. They will push BHO into a corner. If they were smart, they would cool their jets. It is like someone once said about the Palestinians: 'They never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.'"
But, of course, you read about this a long time ago in an early edition of KD which will be worth repeating as long as it makes me appear clairvoyant: JM will beat either HRC or BHO by a wider margin than RR's trouncing of JC; unless, of course, JM is as ignorant about Joseph Smith as GWB is about Mohammed.
I was invited to open an art show with prayer in Clark, New Jersey about 30 years ago.
Parenthetically, I really miss Clark's Frank Bahl, Ed Bombalski, and Fred Roll who remain elder elders if you catch my drift; and they defended me after I prayed at the art show.
Moretheless, I ended my prayer, as I always do which even some mainliners still do by rote, in the Name of Jesus.
The person who invited me to pray said she wouldn't have invited me to pray if she knew I prayed in the Name of Jesus.
She thought I was a typical, uh, mainliner.
She said some nasty things about me for praying in the Name of Jesus which got back to the elders of the church; whereupon the aforementioned elder elders said spontaneously if not in unison, "Isn't that what Christian pastors are supposed to do?"
Maybe they knew the last great President of Princeton and my home pastor.
Blessings and Love!