Dear Sinners and Saints,
The great theologian Karl Barth was often accused of not being able to tell the difference between sinners outside of the church and the saints in the church, or even of having a more positive attitude about the ultimate fate of those outside the church than those who were in. Barth blurred the line between the presumed “saved” and the uncertain “unsaved.”
In Luke 17:11-19, ten lepers were cleansed by Jesus. Only one, a Samaritan, returned to give thanks for the healing. Samaritans were outcasts and shunned by the mainstream of the culture. Jesus’ story makes an outsider -a positive example to the disciples. The story validates what Karl Barth’s attitude was all about.
Who is in and who is out ? That has been a question every religious group has wrestled with. What the radical Jesus seemed to be offering up as a question every time he had a chance was, ”WHAT IF EVERYBODY IS IN?”
Read Luke 17:11-19 for further reflection.
Prayers: For Nancy Nickoley who is recovering from surgery. For Terry Hershey and all who mourn the death of Terry’s father Jerry Hershey who died last Sunday. For the transition of our government to those who were recently elected. Of thanksgiving for Kathryn Akes’ new grandchild Harper Margaret Ann Calhoun. Today is the second anniversary of Terry Herzog’s death. Blessed be Terry’s memory and the memory of all the saints whose lives continue to bless us.
*Tonight at 6pm is a very special edition of THE WELL. God’s Grace Community Church’s good friend Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band, will be our leader. If you need a Zoom invitation please let Vikki Luce email@example.com know.*
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen