From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

A Bowl Of Urine

Let’s face it, I’m not a nice guy. But I don’t think I’m the only pastor who, if one took the time to scratch the surface, has a LOT more than niceness underneath. So I was delighted (in a snarky kind of way) to see Chris Brauns’ blog post “On The Constructive Uses Of A Bowl Of Urine” (And One Improper Use)”. Here’s the paragraph that resonated (in a uric kind of way) with me:

Maybe if you’re considering skipping church in the near future, or if it has been some time since you invited someone into your home, then put a bowl of urine on your kitchen table for a little bit and consider the fact that there may be a time very, very soon when you would give everything in your possession to sing with God’s people, or hear the Word preached in person, or invite someone over for hot apple pie and ice cream. Or, you could just skip the bowl of urine exercise and make an apple pie and invite someone over or go to church and soak in the sights and sounds of being with God’s people.

I don’t guess it would be nice to visit the nursing home and tell folks “I told ya so” now would it?

OK, back to being nice and diplomatic…

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