Ohmygoodness, there have been quite the discussions around here this morning! They went from talking about the swine flu and not going out too much, to attending all the exciting new things going on at our church! In both cases, we’ll just have to wait and see…

Meanwhile, we found some really neat verses in The Message this morning, from 1 Corinthians 11:

10-12Don’t, by the way, read too much into the differences here between men and women. Neither man nor woman can go it alone or claim priority. Man was created first, as a beautiful shining reflection of God—that is true. But the head on a woman’s body clearly outshines in beauty the head of her “head,” her husband. The first woman came from man, true—but ever since then, every man comes from a woman! And since virtually everything comes from God anyway, let’s quit going through these “who’s first” routines.

13-16Don’t you agree there is something naturally powerful in the symbolism—a woman, her beautiful hair reminiscent of angels, praying in adoration; a man, his head bared in reverence, praying in submission? I hope you’re not going to be argumentative about this. All God’s churches see it this way; I don’t want you standing out as an exception.

And here’s a quote that matches what was said in that last sermon about considering the cost of following Christ; speaking about “costly grace” vs “cheap grace”:  “It is costly,” writes Bonhoeffer, “because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.

Walk to Rivendell:  We follow a wide, shallow curving valley.


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