On the road home from the ABCUSA Mission Summit in Kansas City, I have little time to write given the long haul drive between Kansas and upstate New York. I am preaching at FBC Hamilton, NY, this Sunday morning, which falls on "4th of July" weekend.
For many clergy, a civic holiday weekend can be a little bit like small-town football. One year the home team shows up. The next year it's mostly traveling away games. I tend to cover civic holiday Sunday services as part of my ministry to our regional pastors. It can sometimes be the only time the clergy family can get away as a spouse may have the Monday off.
For the 4th of July, I tend to cover civic holiday Sunday services as part of my ministry to our regional pastors. It can sometimes be the only time the clergy family can get away as a spouse may have a job where the pastor's Sunday duties shorten if not negate time enough to travel. Sabbath keeping matters!
I will offer some thoughts on the age old "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's" as it provides a connection with every generation of disciples struggling with what it means to follow Jesus and seek God's reign while still part of a world where partisanship, nationalism and ideologies compete for our attention and alligence.
May we ponder well as we preach (or lay out on the beach, wander the woods or try to survive several hours with the in-laws!).