Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barclay: dignity vs. relevance

Thursday, November 29, 2018
    As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.
    —Mark 1:29-32 (NIV)
    For some extraordinary reason, the Church moves in an atmosphere of antiquity. I have no doubt that it makes for dignity; I have also no doubt that there are times when it makes for complete irrelevance; for, if there is one thing that is true of religion it is that it must always be expressible in contemporary terms. Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 85 (see the book)
    See also Mark 1:29-32; Ps. 25:7; 41:4; 51:1-3; Isa. 29:14; Luke 18:10-13; Heb. 4:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You reveal the needs of men.
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