"Earth's crammed with heaven, and every bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit 'round it and pluck blackberries."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love blackberries. I really do. Perhaps that's why this line speaks so powerfully to me. How often and in what other ways than picking blackberries do I allow something good to get in the way of God's best?
All truth is God's truth. That was the message at the heart of my sermon on Sunday. Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost) has been an opportunity in the life of the church to confront heresy and to remember the significance of orthodox teaching and of teaching orthodoxy.
All truth is God's truth. That doesn't mean that all that is said about God IS true, but it does mean that nothing that is true is ultimately a threat to God or to the Christian Faith. In fact, St. Augustine wrote in the fifth century:
"A person who is a good and true Christian should realize that truth belongs to [God], wherever it is found, gathering and acknowledging it even in pagan literature."
Even pagan literature like the Sunday comics. As a child I loved the Peanuts comic strip; still do. And as a teenager I discovered a book on my father's shelf: The Gospel According to Peanuts.
This summer, I'll be preaching (along with my father) a series of sermons that will be organized under that banner: The Gospel According to Peanuts. Each will be an opportunity to engage both life and the Bible in creative ways. Each will be an opportunity for the Spirit to speak and for us to respond.
Come worship with us!
Dan has been the Pastor of Salem UMC since June, 2017. He loves preaching, the Atlanta Braves, beach vacations, and precious time with his wife Brenda and their grown sons. Read More . . .