At church today, an interesting sermon. Of course due to Younger Son once again had to work the morning shift mentioned in a previous posting. I barely made it to church and was EXHAUSTED!
The complete sermon will be found at here--if it isn't here yet it soon will be. Duncan likened the conception that many people have of Jesus to Coca Cola. There is Coke Zero, the no guilt, no calories, non-nutritious Jesus. There is Cherry Coke (Or vanilla, lime, whatever) that is like Jesus Plus. Extra flavors added to Jesus to make a viewpoint and support extra ideas over and above the real thing.
Then of course, there is the Real Thing--Jesus as Coke Classic. The pure, unadulterated, take him as he is and follow him Jesus.
I was enthralled but my frustration with my denomination has me thinking that there is also another analogy--New Coke. New Coke was the improved version. Whoever thought it was a good idea to muck around with a winner? Popular opinion and much public demand forced the powers-that-be to come back to "Old Coke" that they named Coke Classic. The Episcopal Church in America is promoting what seems to be a new politically correct morality and straying from the supposed three legged stool that the church is supposed to stand on: Scriptures, Tradition and Reason. Right now, that last leg is growing awfully long. A lot of people are falling (or being pushed) off the stool.
And on another note, while I am ranting---Just how much time is actually saved when the last 2 or 3 verses of a hymn are chopped off? It is jarring when you take a breath to start the next verse and the music stops. This has always been my pet peeve, but when most of the songs are cut short each week, it is disruptive to the worship experience. At least it is very disruptive to mine.