Good Morning January 21

Every once in a while we run across something really worth sharing. This was forwarded in a monthly Lutheran news letter I receive. “Amid all the baloney came a wonderful note of sanity from Everett Piper, the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He was approached by a student who was offended when the chaplain preached a sermon on love… Piper’s response to the student: ‘that feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called conscience… The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins – not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.’ The President went on to say: ‘Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a ‘safe place’, but … a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up. This is not a day care. This is a university.'” I’m glad Dr. Piper spoke out. It is a word we all need in our ‘me’ centered generation.