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n Romans 11, Paul uses an analogy that is striking when placed in context of the diversity of denominations, and sects of denominations, and subsets of sects. He talks of an olive tree with many branches. Some of the branches are natural, and others are grafted onto the root. They grow side by side and should produce good fruit. Now, Paul is referring to the inclusion of the Gentiles in God’s story...
Marketers have become expert at presenting their products and services as welcome news. “Good news! This product is now on sale!” or “Good news! We’re better than the competition.” Sometimes they’re telling the truth, but sometimes not, and it is the “not” times that have made our world cynical about messages of good news, even the good news of our faith.
Last week, we focused on one important aspect of the way of Jesus, that is, the way of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace who brings a kingdom of peace and calls those who follow him to the way of peace. That post pointed out that peace is not merely an end/destination but also the way that end/destination is achieved. The destination is the journey.