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Pentecost 11 August 8, 2010

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16                                                        

Luke 12:32-40                                                                     

 I’m thinking that we should replace the old Nicene Creed that we say each Sunday with something more up to date, something that better reflects what we actually believe. Something like this:

  •  We believe that a God exists who created and orders the world and watches over life on earth.
  • God wants people to be good, nice and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
  • The central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about yourself.
  • God is not involved in my life except when I need God to solve a problem.
  • Good people go to heaven when they die.

This “creed” is the religious outlook of American teenagers, according to the National Study of Youth and Religion, a study of looking at a wide spectrum of congregations, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish. And of course it is not just the creed of our teenagers; it is what we adults actually believe, for we are the ones teaching our children – or failing to teach them.

The authors of this study sum up our religious outlook as Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Continue reading ‘Pentecost 11 August 8, 2010’

Pentecost 2 June 14, 2009

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17                                             

Mark 4:26-34                                                                      



Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.

                               — 2 Corinthians 5:17


St. Paul’s, Concord, has called a new rector. Her name is Kate Atkinson and she was in town last week house hunting. Though it will not be until late August that she takes up her duties, inevitably there will be things the people of St. Paul’s want to consult her about before then. At our Central Convocation clergy breakfast last week, we were talking about the pitfalls of getting sucked into a job before you’re really on the ground. You never know all the ramifications of what you’re being asked to decide. An innocent decision may have unknown and lasting symbolic significance, labeling you one way or another for your entire ministry.


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