Friend and fellow church-planter Doug Resler just tagged me in Bruce Reyes-Chow’s second round of the Presbymeme. I answered the first set of questions back in April. The same set of rules apply: In about 25 words each, answer the following five questions, tag five Presbyterian bloggers and send them a note to let them know they were tagged, and be sure to link or send a trackback to this post.
1. What is your favorite faith-based hymn, song or chorus. If we’re talking about songs that could be sung in public worship services, I’m going to say Charlie Hall’s song Salvation. It’s been a favorite of mine since high school and it reminds me every time I sing it that all of creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. When we sang it at PGF last week, my eyes teared up.
2.What was the context, content and/or topic of the last sermon that truly touched, convicted, inspired, challenged, comforted and/or otherwise moved you? Mark Labberton’s talk about peacemaking in exile at PGF last Friday challenged me to embrace identity as an exile in post-Christendom culture and at the same time “seek the peace of the city” (Jeremiah 29) where I’ve been sent – namely Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Presbytery.
3. If you could have all Presbyterians read just one of your previous posts, what would it be and why? What if we actually believed G-3.0400? Read it to find out why.
5. If the PC(USA) were a movie, what would it be and why? I want to say Wall-E. Sometimes I wonder just how much like the numbed and sluggish humans on board the spaceship we are: oblivious to the reality of a changing context on earth, content to amuse ourselves with an over-abundance of resources, and focused inward on whatever is going on inside our own spaceship. We need Wall-E (representative of a new Adam? complete with his Eve?) to break into our insular world, shake things up a little, deliver us from our complacency, and remind us of our place on earth as stewards of the Kingdom.