Let's Not Perish (2015.04.03 Sermon)
April 3rd, 2016 | John Chandler
On the second Sunday of Easter, Gideon Tsang, one of the Pastors of Vox Veniae shared some thoughts on the meaning of repentance.
Quotes or resources mentioned:
- “If I had a message to my contemporaries it is surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success… If you are too obsessed with success, you will forget to live. If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted.”
- “I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.”
- Manure is not a quick fix. It has no immediate results – it is going to take a long time to see if it makes any difference. If it’s results that we are after, chopping down a tree is just the thing: we clear the ground and make it ready for a fresh start. We love beginning: birthing a baby, christening a ship, the first day on a new job, starting a war. But spreading manure carries none of that exhilaration.It is not dramatic work, not glamorous work, not work that gets anyone’s admiring attention. Manure is a slow solution. Still, when it comes to doing something about what is wrong in the world, Jesus is known for his fondness for the minute, the invisible, the quiet, the slow
– yeast, salt, seeds, light. And manure.
Manure does not rank high in the world’s economies. It is refuse. Garbage. We organize efficient and sometimes elaborate systems to collect it, haul it away, get it out of sight and smell. But the observant and wise know that this apparently dead and despised waste is teeming with life – enzymes, numerous microorganisms. It’s the stuff of resurrection.
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