It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Need and abundance, a Reflection on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

There's a lot of poor people in the world. And there's a lot of the rest of us that don't think of ourselves as being all that rich. Paul told the Corinthians that they were supposed to give gifts relative to what they had. "It's only fair that those of you that have anything should be willing to share it," he said.

The Book of Discipline ¶ 122. The Process for Carrying Out Our Mission-We make disciples as we:

Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ; 
Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ; 
Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing; 
Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and 
Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.

Ekklesia reports that Rich countries have snubbed poor . What would Paul say to us?

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