“The Ayes are 33, the Nays 29! The bill passes.” My oh my! Those were the words in the New York State Senate chamber this past week as the marriage equality bill was passed into law. Sometimes you win. What pride we share with our fellow citizens in this state today.
What is stewardship? Basically, it is a kind of integrity. Good stewardship is as if your God and you were going over every line in your checking account, and every hour of your days, and you are giving an account of each item with gladness of heart.
Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the church.” But if we are born “not of flesh, but of water and the Spirit,” (John 3:5), then this church body is a spiritual body and it simply cannot have had a natural birthday on which it was plopped into the daylight of history a blinking wet chick.
“You are doing it all wrong,” Paul wrote to the church at Corinth. “Not everything–but the main thing: your celebration of communion—why, it’s not really communion. You’re doing it all wrong. ” Are we doing it right? In his book “Rabbi Jesus”, professor Bruce Chilton argues that what we’re doing is not at all what Jesus was up to at his last supper.