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Friday, May 15, 2015

Homelypresent, Homelypotent, Homelyscient

What commercial could you rewrite to recommend God? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 770).

"Omni" is often used to describe God – omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Isn't it strange that God sent his only son to domesticate the Deity, making it, in a sense, smaller and more easily grasped. Jesus had a heavenly father. He lived as a child in a regular home – with a carpenter as loving father and with his mother Mary and with brothers and sisters.  When he began his ministry he began small – not with credentialed and certified religious potentates but with everyday fishermen. When he would illuminate the Kingdom, he did so with the simplest of language using homely metaphor and parables that placed the Kingdom within easy reach of common folk--for example the parable of the good Samaritan and the metaphor of the mustard seed.  Much of his ministry took place in the streets, not in halls of power. Therefore if I were to choose a commercial to rewrite I would rewrite the iconic Volkswagen commercial to "Think Small" simply because "Think Big" leads directly to yearning for other gods – aggrandizements of power, might, prestige – most of which are merely projections of our own selfish needs for control and power and our dissatisfaction with being homely yet special members of the Kingdom of God.

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