I want to thank Gordon Atkinson for the kind words he wrote on his remarkable blog, www.reallivepreacher.com
If you have not visited that site, leave here and do so right now. Gordon has done something that is always notable for a minister: opened a window and given us a peek at the faith-- and the faith community-- before the window is dressed.
One of the motivations of faith is to act right. This, of course, is a good thing. But, it is a bad thing to cover up when we don't, which is much of the time. It is an unfortunate feature of human nature that people and churches do more of the latter than the former. So, it sure is good to have folks like Gordon who are honest and insightful enough to expose these deceits.
He is prophetic in this way, but gently and wryly so. He uses a mirror instead of a club.
We laugh, we cry, we wince, but we never yawn, which is miracle enough in anybody's preaching!