August 24, 2014

Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 “Living Sacrifices” Can you imagine being Shiprah or Puah when Pharaoh ordered them to start killing all the baby boys? How scary it must have been for them to disobey the king’s orders and lie right to his face about it! Can you imagine being one of Jesus’ disciples when he asked, “Who do YOU say that I am?” How difficult it must have been for Peter to say out loud what he really believed about Jesus when everyone else seemed to think he was just some kind of prophet! In some ways, this morning’s readings are very different from each other. But on another level, they are connected because they’re all about people of faith finding the courage to speak and to act on their faith in spite of great opposition. On Friday evening, I went to a short play with my friend, Martha. It’s a play that we’re considering including in the program for the Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth conference at the end of September. And it’s a pretty heavy play because it’s all about girls bullying girls. It’s one of those one-actor plays that always impresses me so much because the actor performs for an hour straight, remembering all the lines without any cues from other actors to follow. But the other thing that impressed me about the play was the actor’s portrayal of a typical girl called Braidie. Braidie isn’t the victim in the story, and Braidie isn’t the … Read more »