|Posted on November 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments ()|
Bishop McConnell Answers Questions Raised By Television Series - Sunday November 17th @ 7 pm
At the recent diocesan convention, Bishop Dorsey McConnell introduced three priorities for the diocese: Public Gospel, Missional Communities, and Leadership Formation.
As part of the "Public Gospel" initiative, please join Bishop McConnell for "Breaking Bad? Where's the Good?" on Sunday, November 17th at the Franktuary in Lawrenceville.
The bishop will teach at an open forum applying the Gospel of grace to scenes from the AMC series "Breaking Bad." Breaking Bad was the award winning TV series.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Bishop McConnell's presentation and discussion begins at 7 p.m.
All are invited to bring food and beverages to share with our guests.
Franktuary is located at 3810 Butler Street. Directions are available on Franktuary's web site at http://franktuary.com
|Posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM||comments ()|
I am posting this on the anniversary of 911 after the United States has rebuilt the new taller and larger World Trade Center One slightly north of the base of the destroyed Twin Towers, whose base is now twin reflecting pools.
Often in life we want to make sure that something is going to work out before we commit to it. We see this often in politics when in the presidential campaigns a front-runner appears for a party’s nomination and then suddenly everyone throws their support behind him.
We see it with sports teams. Now that the Pirates are winning, many people suddenly have become fans and support them. I remember sitting with my father watching the Steelers play their last season at Pitt Stadium before moving to the newly built Three Rivers Stadium. That year the Steelers won their season opener and then lost all the rest of their games. Their record was 1 win and 13 losses. That terrible year was the first year for Head Coach Chuck Noll and defensive tackle Joe Green. As a result of their losses, the Steelers would be awarded the overall first draft pick in the NFL which they used to pick quarterback Terry Bradshaw. That year of brokenness and powerlessness was the beginning of the Steel Curtain, the Steeler Nation and eventually resulted in 4 Super Bowls in 6 years. A true fan is committed in good times and in bad just like in a marriage. Yet many people see commitment as a gamble.
Many in today’s society want to live together to see if it is going to work out before they commit. Yet the statistics say that those who commit to marry before living together stay married more often than those who live together and then marry.
Yes, Jesus tells us to “count the cost” before we commit.
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.' Luke 14:27
Yes, we are to “count the cost” before we build, but then we must commit. We don’t wait until others have built it and then jump on the bandwagon.
This is the same with the world, our country, our community and our family of families which we call the “Church.” When we baptize an infant we commit them to God before they even are aware of it. We know that God always keeps His promises and so we can trust in him.
First, we count the cost but then we must commit! This is what God asks of those who follow in his Son's footsteps.
To commit yourself to God, His Cross, and His Church.
As we rebuild this “family of families” we call the Church; we help to rebuild the Diocese. When we rebuild the Diocese, we help to rebuild Christianity in America. When we rebuild Christianity in America, we help to rebuild it in the World. When we help rebuild the World, we are helping to rebuild the Kingdom.
But, it begins with you counting the cost and then committing. Only you can decide to act. That is your call alone. God calls for your decision and commitment.
Let me end by paraphrasing the German poet Goethe on commitment:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back - Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."