… a continuation. James, the Final Frontier

For those of you who haven’t visited the blog before, welcome!  For the two of you who have, thanks for coming back!  I hope that this can serve as a valuable arena to discuss some tough issues that were teased to the surface last night.

As you can probably tell, I was excited about a certain event that happened last weekend: the opening of the new Star Trek movie.  An unabashed Trekkie, I willingly “boldly go where no (wo)man has gone before.”  Well, maybe not to that extent.  But close.  Real close.

This really does have a point, I promise.  Last night our group was reading through the book of James and took some time to step back and think about what it means to boldly go: whether it’s helping people in need who can’t give back, whether it’s simply sitting on your front porch and saying “hi” in a friendly voice, or whether it means a total change of direction.  For intergalactic space explorers (sorry guys), it means giving up all semblance of normalcy, bunkering down with a small group of people in a confined space, and taking the adventure that follows.

I wonder what will happen when we take the challenge to go without looking back.  I wonder what would happen if we reconciled our call to works in combination with our faith?  Obviously this is a difficult and complex concept, and has been much argued over for centuries.  But the practicality of James is equally clear: go and do.

Comments, criticisms, questions, stories?  What are some issues that other groups wrestled with?

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One response to “… a continuation. James, the Final Frontier

  1. James…. what can one say. Our group was great. the Spirit was leading us to talk about all kinds of things. we landed talking most of the time about how to love people that are different(really different). how does a community react to people that choose to be really different. Hypothetically would you give the same loving attention (ref to jas 2) to someone struggling with Gender issues? or that person in your family that wears on your last nerve?
    we talked around that for a while it was awesome.

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