February 29, 2008
GOD’S OWN IMAGE
(Presentation for “God and the Simpsons” Discussion at Marble Collegiate Church)
24 February, 2008
There’s an episode of the Simpsons called “Homer the Heretic,” where Homer stops going to church. In this episode, he has a vision in which he meets God, and the two of them take a walk together in the clouds.
Now, in Deuteronomy 4, The Lord says‚Ä¶
Deuteronomy 4:15-19 You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman‚Ä¶any animal‚Ä¶or any bird‚Ä¶or any fish…. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars‚Äîall the heavenly array‚Äîdo not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. (NIV)
The God of the Israelites refuses to be depicted in any sculpture or image, and yet many of us do have a picture in mind of what God might look like. If you would, please close your eyes a moment, and see if you have a mental image of God.
Would anyone here like to share what they saw?
February 21, 2008
One of the things we discussed on our retreat is the fact that Transmission doesn’t have strong justice and advocacy activities. We’ve got community and worship in the bag, but we’re still working on mission! Well, there’s a very, very cool group in NYC called New York Faith and Justice with whom we should consider forming a relationship. They’re having an event on Saturday – anyone want to go with me?
Come to The Bridge! Experience God through monthly worship gatherings that touch the soul and offer practical ways to do justice in our city. This month‚Äôs talk is on Shalom and the Fall by executive director Lisa Sharon Harper.
How has our world come so far from God‚Äôs original intent? How were the relationships God established at creation corrupted and the Fall? And what is God‚Äôs plan for restoring and redeeming His world? Come consider these questions and more throughout the Spring as NY Faith & Justice launches The Shalom Series
12-2pm, Third Christian Church, 46 Hamilton Place, Manhattan
February 17, 2008
Here is a new ‘ning’ (I think that’s short for social networking site) for Anglimerents. Phyllis Tickle says that as the Great Emergence comes, there will be some of us who will be “hyphenated”… living between two world. So far there are Presbymergents, Luthemergents, etc. As a cradle Episcopalian, I’m an Anglimergent. You can click on the graphic below to join.
February 9, 2008
JESUS and the SATAN
Meeting the Devil’s Advocate in the Desert
By j. Snodgrass
Presented 3 February, 2008
Narrator (Bible Student)
‚ÄúLuke‚Äù (Author of the Gospel According to Luke)
Jesus (Live Free or Die)
Devil (Advocate of Alternate Strategies)
Moses (Supposed Giver-of-the-Law in Deuteronomy)
NARRATOR : Today, in honor of the Lenten Lectionary, we‚Äôre going to take a look at my all-time favorite Biblical passage ‚Äì The temptation of Jesus in the desert, in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter four, verses one to thirteen. As a matter of fact, I love this passage so much, we‚Äôre going to hear it twice!
‚ÄúLUKE‚Äù : Jesus…was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him,
DEVIL : “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
JESUS : “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’”
‚ÄúLUKE‚Äù : The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
February 4, 2008
This week we’ll be having Ash Wednesday at Paul’s – email if you want to come and need directions. Come ready celebrate your own mortality and kick off lent with style! We’ll also be discussing the possibility of collaborating on a
Purim/Maundy Thurday service with Storahtelling (yes, the two really are on the same day this year) and a Good Friday service with our friends at Sanctuary.