Overseeing Africa and the Central United States



Christi from Emmanuel Church

This message so resonates with my soul that I had to let you know. You are so right that as a culture we have bought into the thought that knowing Jesus = "the good life." So much of Jesus' gospel is left out of that kind of thinking... the call to come and die, the call to sacrifice, the call to live a simple (quiet) life. So much of the time -- even as Christians -- we want to be known, seen, and heard. We want our house, or our car, or our children, or even our spiritual gift(s) to be noticed and admired. It is His admiration we should be seeking... that Audience of One that we play for. He calls us to come apart from the world, tells us we are a "peculiar" people, aliens in a strange land. There are glimpses of good here, but this land that is not our home cannot ever give us "the good life" as the world would have us think. And thank God for this truth. With Abraham, I seek a better country! And because I am just passing through here, I am expendable for the kingdom. And this alone is my hope... yes, I dare to hope.

Christi Bunn


This is definitely a hope that flies in the face of what "hope" even is by the standards of the world. A "hope" that we will find ourselves with Jesus can be a dangerous hope to have, when we realize exactly where Jesus may be...

But may God continue to enable us to hope.

Rev. Vaughn W. Thurston-Cox

I am always encouraged when I read your posts, challenging as they are.

This one is particularly potent as I am reading through Matthew 6 -Therefore do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink . . . . How much of my own vision of reality has been shaped by the world and its values, rather than this Kingdom in which God meets my every need, so that even when I am outwardly wasting away, inwardly I am coming alive.

Thank-you Bishop Kendall for calling us to holiness.


Your mention of the "American Dream deconstruction of the good news" immediately reminded me of a term I read about, which was invented to describe survey results of churchgoers: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Bit of a mouthful but it hits the nail on the head.

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