A twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday.
This last Sunday marked the beginning of a monthly series on the Christ Window in the worship center. For those of you unable to visit Beatitudes, the Christ Window is a six-story stain glass window in the center of the chancel area. On the top right corner is a picture of Jesus. Swirling colors spread out and incircle twenty-two individuals who either were influenced directly or espoused the same principles of Jesus.
Our first person was Tokohiki Kagawa who lived in Japan from 1880-1960. He was a major force in spreading Christianity in Japan and assisted the missionary movement in the United States.
Throughout the week I focused on two of his books (available online for free): Love: The Law of Life (1929) and The Religion of Jesus (1931). Below are some of the quotes that resonated deeply with me yet didn’t make the cut.
* “To the loving I shall grudge no word of reverent praise. Even if his love be but imperfect, for me it is a revelation and a way leading me toward God. Where love is, there is God. Love is my all and all.”
* In speaking of the principle of interconnectedness and the principle that if one suffers we all suffer, Kagawa states, “It is a fundamental principle that if there is anywhere in the universe a single flaw, the whole universe suffers.”
* “Love transcends the individual. It is the social will which works through individuals. It is the cosmic will which penetrates human personalities. Love is God.”
* “Love is the social cohesive force: it has the power to bind society together from within. Love is not humanly originated. It is the dynamic and explosive force experienced within the re-created spirit.
* “Through folk who love, the new order is ever being created.”
* “There is no living force to move society beside love. Love is a creative power.”
Do we believe in the power of love to subdue the world versus displays of power to intimidate and create fear in order to bring compliance? Do church leaders and government leaders believe this?
If a person experiences love from another, is that enough to re-create them? If so, how much love is required to transform a person’s life?
If you would like to hear what makes the cut, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beatitudesradio/2018/05/29/gathering-32-christ-window-a-look-at-toyohiko-kagawato hear the sermon.
Rev. Tony Minear, PhD. is the Lead Pastor at Church of the Beatitudes a Progressive Christian Church based in Phoenix AZ.
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