Ancient Text: 1 Maccabbees 5
A story rarely heard in Protestant congregations, 1 Maccabbees chronicles the Maccabbean Revolt of 167 BCE following the destruction of the Jewish Temple.
The Ten Most Challenging Questions of the Bible Series Continues
10: How does the love of God abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and refuses to help? (7/2)
9: Am I my brother’s keeper? (7/9)
8: What do you see? (7/16)
7: Am I God? (7/23)
6: What Shall We Do With These Old Things? (7/30)
5: Who would not fear God? (8/6–Hiroshima Remembrance)
4: Why do you wrong each other? (8/13)
3: Where did you glean today? (8/20)
2: Where has your beloved gone? (8/27)
1: Why do you work for that which does not satisfy? (9/3)
“What shall we do with these old things?” An Introduction to the Sunday Message by Pastor Doug
This week I was reflecting on the question of the week from the comfort of Caffe Nero in my hometown. “What shall we do with these old things?” The question was raised in First Maccabbees 5 by a militia seeking the will of God, but uncertain of how to use ancient religious artifacts like priestly robes to increase their military advantage. I am surrounded by old books in this cafe.
Each Caffe Nero franchise receives twenty or more boxes of used books purchased from local libraries. The books in my local cafe came from the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. The old books surrounding me were considered too old even for a seminary!
What volumes in the UPA library still have value for our congregation? Bill Cosby’s 1986 book “Fatherhood?” Betty H. Meyer’s 2003 book “The ARC Story: A Narrative Account of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture?”
Which religious artifacts remain potent? The sanctuary? The pews? The pastors’ robes and stoles? The Bible?
Join us Sunday for a modern discussion of an ancient contest between traditionalists and progressives.