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September 29, 2013: Jeremiah 32:1-15, 36, 42-44
Rev. Tony Clark
ACC-UCC“Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself” This land is your land, This land is my land, From California, to the New York Islands, from the Redwood forests to the Gulf Stream Waters, This land was made for you and me.
When my mother died, her 6 acres of farmland in northern Ohio was in foreclosure, and by the time we sprinkled her ashes there some months later, we knew we were trespassing on bank-owned land. When my grandmother died, at the ripe age of 98, she had no real estate; she had sold the house she and my grandfather had lived in for some 30 years after my grandfather died, and she rented an apartment for the last 15 years of her life. And then there is my father, still alive, who owns a house in Florida, which, if he were to die tomorrow, neither my sister nor I would move into to live; we would sell the property and use the cash for our own properties, investments, or living expenses.
Most of us these days, if we inherit property from our deceased loved ones, we do not immediately move there; we sell the property and take the cash. This is easier, in my case, than restarting my entire life in Tallahassee, Florida. Read More
October 6, 2013: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Rev. Tony Clark
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.
Every day we speed by billboards and signs large enough to read from speeding BART trains or as we zoom by on the highway. This is what God is talking about in our passage from Habakkuk today. God tells Habakkuk, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it,” or in our modern language, “Write it big enough so that you can see it from 5 lanes of speeding traffic on the I-80.
So my question back is “What is the vision? God, could you make it a bit plainer so that I can actually see it before I write it?” Read More
October 13, 2013: Jer 29; 1, 4-14
Rev. Tony Clark
…surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope….
2600 years ago, the Jewish people faced a crisis of faith.
2600 years ago, Jews in Jerusalem faced deportation and exile to a distant land. This was their crisis of faith. They had to figure out how to live in that new place, what it meant to be God’s people in a land that was not God’s home. They had to figure out who God was for them in the new land. Did they believe in God anymore? Or the better question was, “Did God believe in them any more?”
Today, we also face a crisis of faith. Our crisis of faith, like that of 2600 years ago, causes us to stop and wonder how we are to cope and how God is present in our crisis. Although the setting is different—we are not being deported or exiled to a distant land where we have to find God—today we face a crisis of faith. We have not left our place, but the people we once thought would carry the faith with us have left us. Our children have moved on, our friends are spending time with their grandkids, and our grandkids are playing soccer on Sundays.
It seems that most of the people out there do not believe in our God enough to show up on Sundays. How easy it is for us to join them in that belief and say that faith doesn’t matter? Read More