Saturday, January 27, 2007

Gospel for Short People

My wife is short; 5'1" of power and energy. What I have learned as a 6'1" white male is how invisible Martha is, especially in stores. We will go into a department store and she will go up to the counter and wait, as sales persons walk right by her. I will come up and stand with her and 2 or 3 sales persons will immediatelly show up asking if they can help ME? It happens all the time. When we walk together, people bump into Martha, because the DON'T SEE her!! Nobody bumps into me. I'm too visible.
The text I've been living with for this coming Sunday is Mark 9:33-37 where Jesus confronts his disciples with their competitive desire for greatness. That is such a hot-button. Whose great today: in the church, in the emerging church, in the blog world (check your hits!!), in media, in sports, in cultural wisdom (read: Friedman or Seth Godwin)?
Whose great in God's eyes?

We stripped the chancel of the altar table this week. It looks so bare and naked. In the place of the strong wooden altar, we substituted a child's chair, a disabled person's cane, a hay-rake with gloves and an old worn rug. All these represent some of the invisible little ones around us we never see. We don't see them because we are too busy at the front of the line, scrambling to keep up and get ahead (of you).
I hope to be able to both preach and live Jesus' words to run to the end of the line, where the little ones are, the short ones, the invisible ones.


At 7:46 PM , Blogger Chris Brooks said...

You should have hired me bro! We could have had a blast...

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Rick said...

I really enjoy your posts and photos about (what we at CTK call) "platform art". Keep them coming! -Rick

At 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have grown. I don't remember you as being that tall.


At 8:03 AM , Anonymous Isaac Johnson said...

short is a relative term.


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