John 3:1-21 (Sermon is from the NRSV)
It’s extraordinary, for me, that the text set for this particular Sunday is: 'You must be born from above'. So for more than one reason I have been thinking about birth and new birth all week! :)
I received an email this week reminding me of what I already knew: That the phrase ‘born-again-Christian’ has an enormous cultural cringe factor, especially here in the
Jimmy Carter made much of being 'born again' in his 1976 bid for presidency. Born-Again Christians have recently been cast into what appears to be a ‘voting-block’ called ‘evangelicals’. But no one is really sure what the word means anymore! Which is a pity to my mind.
And so 'Born-Again’s' have become easy targets: American Writer -- PJ O’Rourke:
Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
English Journalist -- Katherine Whitehorn:
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?
But more needs to be said..
Photo by Peter Kim.