The following quote struck me in Bruce Epperly’s Adventurous Lectionary for the week:
When we say, at our congregations, “come and see” to seekers, we better have something to share that will change lives, our own and others. Jesus’ words call us to examine our ministries. People are looking for meaning; they are looking for a sense of vocation and something to which to their lives. Do we offer them the bread of life or business as usual? What unique transformative gift do we have to offer?
That and this too:
Isaiah does not give us a pattern of vocational success. Indeed, we must not abandon the statement that it is more important that we be faithful than successful.(emphasis mine)
PS: I currently have the privilege of working on layout for Bruce’s next book, Holistic Spirituality: Life Transforming Wisdom from the Letter of James, and editing the one after that, which is on Process Theology, introducing it in about 40 pages!