Five Minutes on Friday #26

Praise the Lord!
   Happy are those who fear the Lord,
   who greatly delight in his commandments.

They are not afraid of evil tidings;
   their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid….
  [Psalm 112.1,7-8a]


Isn’t it strange how a $50 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn’t it strange how everyone wants front-row tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever possible to sit in the back row at church?

Isn’t it strange how two hours seem so long when you’re at church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

Isn’t it strange how we need to know about a church event two weeks ahead of time so we can schedule it, but we can adjust for other events at the last minute?            

[from RUMOURS, contributed by Dave Towers]



‘We cannot love God unless we love each other.  We know God in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone anymore.  Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet too – even with a crust – where there is companionship.  We have all known loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.’ [Dorothy Day]



‘Perhaps the greatest heresy of twentieth-century North American religion was to make faith into a purely personal matter and a private affair, which went neatly with the rise of the consumer society….But in the Bible, faith is not something you possess but rather something you practice.’  [Jim Wallis]

This week’s question has to do with salvation: how do we experience salvation?  What is God’s role in salvation? And what are some key Biblical images of salvation that are especially relevant to our time?  - ‘I bind my heart this tide’