In the real world
Sometimes, things don't go as planned. What I wanted this week was to work with Pastor Leon Washington of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church on a religion column for the Tribune & Georgian in which we gave a more reasoned response to issues raised by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The idea would be to distance the mainstream of Christianity from his most problematic statements while acknowledging that there is some truth to some of what he says, even if we wouldn't agree with how he puts it. That's the short version, but it really would be better to work with my brother pastor in crafting a more thoroughly thought out response.
Pastor Washington is interested, but the press of ministry made that impossible as news one person received that the cancer has returned and another family dealing with the death of a loved one bring up the need for ministry that can't wait, while the idea for a column could. So I went to the hospital and he handled a funeral and next week we will try again. Each of us would have had the time, but we didn't have a time when the two of us could both be free to meet face to face to put our ideas together.
This week's column When fires rage is that sort of column I don't prefer to do—a sermon cut into a column. The sermon version felt right, where as a religion column, it feels like Plan B. Oh well. There is always the next column.
For a theological take on this, there is the sermon in our archives Plan C.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
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