There is always something happening at St. Mark’s by-the-Lake. The activity around the door here is just an added point of interest in all of that. If you have not already seen the videos on our parish web page scoot over to www.stmarkschurch.net and take a look. There will be a new video by wekk’s end to show the work that has taken place in the last 10 days. It is amazing the progress these guys are making.
I have mentioned a couple of times our upcoming book study. The book title is Everything Must Change and the author is Brian McLaren. We are beginning next Thursday Evening, November 6 at 7:30 at the Salvation Army – Eastwood Citadel. We have had a great response. So much so, that I have to order some more books. If you want to participate today would be a great day to let me know. That way I can ensure we have your book for next week.
I am very much looking forward to this group and the discussion that we might have around this book that leaves much room for thought. McLaren challenges the conventional view of Jesus and his teaching. Hear these words;
“Jesus, I believe, saw that his contemporaries were stuck in their own suicidal system, driven by their own defective framing story. He proposed a radical alternative- a profoundly new framing story that he called good news. News, of course means a story- a story of something that has happened or is happening that you should know about. Good news, then, would mean a story that you should know about because it brings hope, healing, joy, and opportunity. Jesus was saying, in essence, “there are a lot of bad stories in our world. But I have a good story that frames the bad ones, the puts them in a new light, that says they aren’t the last word. I have a good story that inspires healing and transformative action in our world.”
I like the idea of reframing the story. I think that is what we have to do again today. We have to reframe the story so that its relevance to today still shines through.
If you want to join us for this great study please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – sooner than later would be great and many thanks to the nearly 20 of you who have responded already.