Barry Bussey’s Critical Question (Doug Morgan, Spectrum, 29 Sept 2012)
On closer reading, it struck me that Bussey, with calm resolve, is pressing us toward the critical question that underlies all the others: Is our loyalty with the Messiah and Lord who told his followers to emulate God by loving their enemies? Or is it with the American nation-state, with its own messianic mission of protecting democracy and capitalism worldwide, by any means necessary at whatever cost necessary?
Teetering On The Edge (Ty Gibson, Light Bearers, 29 Sept 2012)
In his thought-provoking book, Hurtling Toward Oblivion, Dr. Richard Swenson sounds an alarm:
“The world is spinning out of control and approaching the threshold of lethality—a point where life as we know it can no longer continue . . . irreversible trends, principles, and forces currently at work in the world system (that is, the global environment where everything is connected to everything else) are inevitably propelling us toward a cataclysmic outcome.”
About 2000 years ago the apostle John was shown that just prior to the second coming of Christ humanity will have employed its power to “destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). This is an ecological prophecy that offers us a rarely-considered sign of the nearness of Christ’s return.
TRUST: On Mission and Chavez (Geoffrey Nelson-Blake, Spectrum, 27 Sept 2012)
Earlier this year, congregations affiliated with The San Francisco Organizing Project put their faith into action to do something about this community issue. On January 28, more than 2,000 people of faith gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral alongside San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who publicly pledged to re-introduce the Trust Act to the California State Legislature. Today, the bill has made it through the California State Senate and Assembly and is sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, waiting to be signed.
Andrew Murphy saw someone aiming a gun at his sister and ran to protect her. He was shot in the chest and died later that night in the hospital. Police have taken an 18-year-old man into custody and charged him with murder and armed robbery, reports the newspaper. Murphy “loved God and loved his church,” the newspaper said. He was a volunteer in the church’s community service program that fed the homeless and he served as a deacon on Sabbath. His sister told the newspaper that as he lay dying he whispered a prayer.