the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Year B - Ordinary 23

Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Here is a story told by a Nun:
As an African-American woman, I have listened to the tales of the men and women in my family who use to work as house servants. They often tell that there were times when they cleaned and cooked; got everything ready for "large parties" for the people they worked for, etc. At the end of the parties, weddings, gatherings, etc., they were often told, "you can eat what is left, but you can't eat off the "good dishes." At other times, they were told they could not eat the "party food or diner food" but were told they could have the "cheap" food that was available in the house (chicken).

Much like in this story, there was always plenty of food available, but like the woman, they were told it was not available to them.


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