Pastor John's Blog
I just finished the book Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly. It is O’Reilly’s telling of the events that led up to the murder of the most important and influential person in all of history: Jesus of Nazareth, the one millions, like me, have chosen to follow as leader of life and forgiver of sins. The book was an enjoyable read. Like others, I noticed as I read that the author took liberties with the story. It was like liberties taking with every movie made about the life of Jesus. Unlike others who are practically hyperventilating and gasping out, “But…it’s…not…scholarly…work,” I’m still good with the book. It’s story-like format reminds me of Og Mandino’s 1983 book, The Christ Commission. That book, too, took liberties. So, if you can live with that, enjoy O’Reilly’s book. It is not absent of scholarship, it presents a some description of the Greco-Roman context of the first century, and, the upside of the “it’s not scholarly” complaints, it lacks a lot of the technical jargon that can be confusing to non-scholars. So read it. If you do, you may just find yourself looking through the Bible itself to see how the story is told there. That, of course, will be infinitely better for you than reading this book!
This year our congregation is participating in Prison Fellowship’s project Angel Tree for the third year in a row. Everyone has been very generous in years past and I expect that the response will be much the same this year. It feels good to do something for someone else which is all the inspiration that some people need, but sometimes maybe you wonder what difference your Angel Tree gift really makes. I trust that when kids get their Angel Tree gifts that it makes more of a difference than we will ever know or imagine, but when I delivered gifts last year I saw the difference that it made for one family first hand. This is how I saw God working through the Angel Tree project last year.
Hi, everyone! This is Pastor Joy writing for Pastor John today. I am in the midst of updating our website, and one of my projects is to get Pastor John's blog up and running. Soon you will be able to check in here to keep up with PJ and read what's on his mind. Check back soon!