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.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Year A - Epiphany 3

Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

In a land of deep darkness...
a light has shined

In Matthew, Jesus says "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven comes near you." Repentance comes from two root words: re [again] and pentos [to turn]. It means to turn again. Repentance begins with confession. Confession begins with acknowledgement. But Repentance is more than acknowledgement and confession. It is a turning away and a turning to. A turning away from that which separates from God and a turning to the grace that only God can give. We live mostly in a land of deep darkness, but amid that darkness...a light shines. That light is the Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us. But we love darkness rather than light.

This week let us focus on the light that shines in the darkness.


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