Why Hating Religion and Loving Jesus is not enough

Recently a video, “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus,” went viral on Facebook and other social media sites. In response to it, and the broader rejection of institutions and authorities now common, conservative op-ed columnist David Brooks wrote a short essay. Both are below and are worth considering.

So is the most recent essay from Pastor Clark that appeared in the print newsletter: “Good Soil Stories.”

Counterpoint: “How to Fight the Man” by David Brooks

If I could offer advice to a young rebel, it would be to rummage the past for a body of thought that helps you understand and address the shortcomings you see. Give yourself a label. If your college hasn’t provided you with a good knowledge of countercultural viewpoints — ranging from Thoreau to Maritain — then your college has failed you and you should try to remedy that ignorance.

Effective rebellion isn’t just expressing your personal feelings. It means replacing one set of authorities and institutions with a better set of authorities and institutions. Authorities and institutions don’t repress the passions of the heart, the way some young people now suppose. They give them focus and a means to turn passion into change.

Point: “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” by Jefferson Bethke

February 2012

This is All Saints’ newsletter for February 2012.

Announcements

Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14.  Be sure to show those you love how much you care and how blessed you are to have them in your life.

Pastor Clark will be traveling Feb. 16 to 19 to Houston with members of the Redevelopment Team for training. For pastoral emergencies, contact Pastors John Grebner and Kristin Berglund: church 563.322.0769 or home 563.388.5944. Pastor Dan Kuckuck will preach and lead worship on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 22; service will be at 7 pm. The 1st Sunday in Lent is Feb. 26.  The weekly Lenten Evening Prayer will begin on Feb. 29 at 7 pm.

 

Updated Non-Smoking Policy: We currently have a non-smoking policy for inside the church. The council has approved extending that policy to the entire church property. In the interest of promoting a healthy lifestyle, please refrain from smoking on church grounds. This will include any groups that utilize our facilities. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Collier, Council President, or Pastor Clark. God bless.

Looking ahead, daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13; spring forward an hour.

December “draft” council minutes and ministry team notes are posted on the bulletin board in the administrative hallway.

Confirmation Students’ Winter Clothes Drive 1/1/12 — 4/15/12.     Make a child’s life better! For more information/questions, please see Mandi Linville, Riley Jones, Elli or Mati Robischon, Spencer Jones, or Aleck Reece.  Cash donations are also gratefully accepted, and suitable clothing will be purchased by the confirmation class.

 

By the Numbers

All Saints publishes attendance and giving summaries in print only. Contact the office for a copy.

 

In Our Prayers

All Saints publishes its prayer list in print only. Contact the office for a full list.