The Paradox of OUR Time?

I heard a version of the text linked below before in a sermon and found a version of it recently on Facebook. It is a decade or so old but much of it still rings true for us today and has that characteristic of all wise sayings: it smacks of experience, suffering and observation and it articulates in few words what most of us think true but have trouble expressing in many words.

The Facebook post was attributed to the American comedian, George Carlin. Another site attributed a portion of it to the Dalai Lama! This article appears to get to the bottom of it and attributes it to one Dr. Bob Moorehead, formerly of Overlake Christian Church, and what’s described as the original full version can be found there but the page won’t let me cut and paste it for you here. Have a read; it says a lot about the times we live in.

Rather disturbingly, according to the said article, Dr. Moorehead was accused of sexually abusing 17 members of his – now – former congregation and resigned from his post in 1998.

The voice of the text juxtaposes aspects of the modern world that we call “progress” with the sad realities often resulting from them. It’s ironic not only that this piece has been corrupted as it meanders around the internet but also that the realities of the writer’s own life reflect the brokenness he outlines.

Whatever the origins, contemplating this thought-fodder, for sure,

JcJ

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Up The Youth

Today, I helped out with my local church youth group. It was the second meeting in the last few months; we are trying to get it going. Today, I was nervous. I had to prepare a few icebreakers and a discussion on a Nooma DVD called Rhythm. I was unsure if it would all come together. I was late. That was OK. We all said hi. We were 13 souls. We shared some naff ice-breakers, good times and pizza. We chatted about the DVD – about who we think God is, about what we think He’s like, about how we could possibly have a relationship with Him. I was reminded that we were all real people with faith and flaws and hopes and hitches in life. I hope that we will get together again soon.

God is good; even when we forget it and don’t get it, anyway.

JcJ