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April 20, 2015, 9:00 AM

Kellogg's Corn Flakes



Kellogg’s Corn Flakes


   One of the great joys in my ministry has been speaking at the Methodist Church during their Holy Week luncheon services!  Following my Good Friday talk, I went over to Social Security and had the enjoyable but uneventful task of signing up for Medicare A (I turn 65 years old this summer). Now I am beginning to reflect upon what I have been doing for the past thirty-one years as a pastor.

   For most of those years now I have preached and taught from the Bible.  As an ordained Christian minister I am expected to do so, and as a pastor and preacher, I regard this task as one of my greatest and happiest responsibilities. It has not, however, been an easy task. The Bible itself is a complicated collection of books, written by many hands over many years and in a wide variety of forms including: poetry, history, parable, theology, and apocalypse. 

   To say that the books of the Bible are inspired or written according to a theory of divine dictation does not make them any easier to read or understand. If the Bible were simple to understand and easy to appropriate, then preachers, teachers and theologians would have nothing to do and there could be no excuse for the spiritual and moral problems in which the world we live in finds itself!

   If we honestly search the scriptures and live honestly in our own time and not in some other, we are likely to discover something new or hear something old afresh. Maybe we could come to appreciate the truth in the title of one of Marcus Borg’s most popular books entitled: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.  I’ve used part of that title in church. When I invite the congregation’s attention to the reading of God’s word I have said, “Like that old Kellogg’s corn flakes commercial … hear it again for the very first time.”  04.19.2015

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:

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