This is the sermon I preached on Ash Wednesday, thirty of so days ago, in a gentler time. I commend it to you on this Palm Sunday.
Let us pray for each other.
In hope, in spite of the facts. John
I think this is called cross-over.
Few Americans know anything about the Coptic Christians of Egypt and North Africa. Read of the late Patriarch and know that God works in places other than our own.
Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions – Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. – precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being “cool,” and we find that refreshingly authentic.
What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.
We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.
We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.
We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.
The Didache is a church manual likely written in Syria from First to Second Century. Some consider it to predate some canonical writings..
My observation is that bad taste and bad theology come from a similar source. The culprits range from the vacuous on the left to pretensions on the right. Don’t take my word for it, you choose!