Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Black-eyed peas and more for New Years

On this first day of the year of our Lord 2007, I have three small servings for you:

Christian vs. Christ Follower

Above is the clip we watched in church yesterday at King of Peace. For a little more infmoration on it, you can read an interview with the creators. While at YouTube, you may also want to check out a video Kenny and Debbie found called Baptism Cannonball!

Archbishop's New Year Message
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the following in his New Year's Message:
In the Bible, Jesus talks about being hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for justice. Archbishop Rowan WilliamsAnd if we hear that in the way it's surely meant, we have to conclude that he means that we should feel there's something missing in us, something taken away from us, when another person, near or far away, has to face need and suffering. We get to be ourselves only when we wake up to them and their needs...This is what made the difference. When we look at the familiar images of other people's suffering, do we feel a void inside ourselves, a yearning for something different and a conviction that it needn't be like this?

That's where change begins. And it's one of the differences that faith can make; faith in God and in people.

It's worth remembering this year those who struggled to do away with the slave trade. If we lived in a society that tolerated slavery now, wouldn't we feel soiled and diminished by it? Wouldn't we feel hungry for something different?

So what are the things today that make us feel the same?
The full text of his message is here: Hunger for Justice Will Change the World.

Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas

Finally, as black eyed peas are the required dish of the new year in my house, here are lyrics from the music group of the same name and their song "Where is the love?"

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?
Where is the love?

There are your three helpings of irenic thoughts for the new year.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor


  • At 1/01/2007 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I read yesterday that the only way to help other's, truly help them, is to feel their pain. It fits so perfectly with today's blog. Thanks for always helping remind us what it means to be a real Christian. Happy New Year to you, your family and KOP!


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