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Not the best thing to see on your screen, right? (Actually I added the second exclamation mark because the message just seemed to need it.)

Yesterday I reinstated a large number of previous posts that I had “hidden” to sort of give myself a fresh start with creating new material or at least a new approach. In doing this, posts were published again as if they were new content, and I think email notifications were sent out if you signed up for email notification.

I’m really sorry about that. It wasn’t my intention to overload anyone’s email box with a pile of emails! (If that is what happened?!?)

It wasn’t until I was done that I realized two of the major “Some Serious” posts were missing. They were also two of the most popular categories: “Whatever The Gospel Is…” and “Voices From The Back Pew,” and “The Gifts” Although I still have the graphics which I had backed up separately, the text was not.

Although I will probably be reposting the graphics, I really don’t have the words to put with them. It would really be difficult to recreate them because those posts in particular took a great deal of thought and prayerful listening to what God would have me write.

At first I was honestly a little grumbly about it, but then a started to see it as a new opportunity to prayerfully listen anew, and I’m looking forward to that. After all, this is a journey, right?!?

So I just want to seriously apologize to anyone and everyone who got a pile of email notifications about the posts that were put back in yesterday. It wasn’t intentional. I will work on my site management skills!

On the plus side…I have really enjoyed looking back over old posts and reviewing the feedback, suggestions, and comments. You have always given me something to think about, new questions to explore, and suggestions for other ways of looking at some really important things.

I truly feel like you are on this journey with me! Thank you so much!

Thanks for reading!

John

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“People We Don’t Like” (Reboot Version)

Several posts ago I had promised to share this with you since it’s referenced in “Raspberry Bombe vs. Miracle Pie.” This is the Reboot Version of one of the very first Laura comic strips titled “People We Don’t Like.” In a way, it’s what you might call “Classic Laura Wilson” because it shows a side of myself that is unpleasant to view. The commentary that follows has been updated only slightly from the original. Interestingly, Sunday’s homily was based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 and was about how we are not the ones who do the sorting!

So what do you think? Why not start your very own list of people you don’t like, don’t want to have in church, and don’t want to spend eternity with?

Well, for one thing, it doesn’t sound very much like something Jesus Himself would do, does it?

Yet I think that if we would be honest with ourselves, there have been times when we have thought, “I really don’t want to have to see that person in heaven. I’m not sure I could handle it if we lived next door to each other in heaven for all eternity.”

Crazy thoughts, right?

And yet the very same people that we might want to exclude from church now and heaven in the future may be the very same people who avoid anything related to Jesus because of how they perceive us. That is extremely concerning to me. The only group that Jesus ever called out specifically with a warning were religious hypocrites.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 (KJV)

My list just has one item on it right now, and it’s a “thing,” not a person or group of people: any remnants of a self-righteous and exclusionary attitude in my own heart.