October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972
I’ve had this book on my shelf for several months. Always meaning to get to it. One of our pastors, who left this week for full-time missions work in the Philipines quoted from the book the morning he told us he and his family were leaving. I can’t remember the quote, but I remember it registered with me. So, I purchased the book and put it on the “must read” shelf.
Then Monday, I was at a missions committee meeting and our missions director again referenced the book.
“Okay, Lord. I got the message. I’ll start reading it.”
So, today I did. And right off the bat I can see that this book is going to be trouble. Trouble because it takes me out of my comfort zone. It takes me beyond what my traditional beliefs of Christianity. Trouble because it says things like:
…In fact, Christ calls us to be His partners in changing our world, just as He called the Twelve to change their world two thousand years ago.
And that’s just in the Introduction.
I don’t know yet if this book will change my world view, or merely reenforce the things I already know. Or should know. Stay tuned.
If you’d like to check it out, follow this Amazon link: Hole In Our Gospel
This week I did something I’ve never done before. I took off an entire week to volunteer to be a part of Vaction Bible School at my church. The reasons were twofold. First, I’ve always wanted to spend the week there and second, my wife is traveling on business and we needed a child care option. I had enough community service time and comp time to make it worthwhile.
It was an incredible week. Like many (probably most) churches across the country our theme was “Crocodile Dock” from Group Publishing. These folks do an incredible job of preparing the way for an exciting and meaningful VBS program.
In previous years I’ve taken off one morning to be a part of the Bible story drama. This year, I was Moses on three separate mornings. We told the children the story of the burning bush, the plagues, the Passover and the parting of the Red Sea. Each morning they were eager to learn and to experience.
In the closing each day, I helped Bubba (the puppet to the left) say his lines. I’d never done puppets before, so it was a new and fun experience.
For the most part, up until today anyway, it seemed like a fun week. But as the Children’s ministries director wrapped up the discussion for the week, as the children brought for the stuffed turtles they had made for the mission field, and as the offering for missions was announced it was clear that even through all of the fun and the swamp talk and the funny creatures, the children were hearing the message of the Gospel. The message of the cross.
And that’s what it’s all about. It seems like after a week like this that politics and bills and housework just aren’t as serious as they used to be. Sure, they still need to be dealt with, but this was a fresh reminder of what really is, and isn’t important in our lives.
We had nearly 550 kids and 200 volunteers. A little over $4,000 was raised for missions.
I was glad to be a small part.