Sunday, January 20, 2013

The List

Not that I would *ever* imagine that a Presbyterian would permit himself to be enticed into something so sullied as a three-card Monte game in a back alley, but if that should ever have happened to one of your friends (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) you may have noticed how quickly your money moved into his pocket, despite your best efforts. We call this "slight of hand". We see what we expect to see.

So it is with miracles. Most of us do not expect miracles, and when we are confronted with an account of a miracle, such as the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana, our inclination is to either blow it off  by saying, "God can do anything", or to domesticate it by removing the miracle-ness from it. Miracles just don't appear on our list of believable things.

That won't work at the wedding at Cana because Jesus didn't manipulate the jugs of water in any way. He didn't even touch them. We are skewered at the point of this sign. Either Jesus was something utterly unique, or the Gospel account is a fabrication or a fraud. Many today take the latter approach. Everybody knows this is impossible. Those called to faith in Jesus take the first approach. Come join our congregation for "The List" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at

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