DEAR FATHER PAUL: From time-to-time I read stories about people who “died” and visited heaven, then came back to life and recounted their experiences. What do you think about these accounts? True…or phony? Brad
DEAR BRAD: Sorry. I count these stories on about the same level that I count the stories from people who claim they were abducted by space aliens and taken aboard a flying saucer, then visited the alien’s home planet, etc. I grant you, however, that these stories sell lots of books, make a bundle for the authors and also make for good TV.
The Cathedral of Christ the King
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 12, 2013
Sermon Link: In the World, But Not of It
A few weeks ago, I was going through my desk and found a church directory from Mountain View United Methodist Church. The directory was from 2007 and I was going to toss it but, before I did, I thumbed through it and noticed a name. “I wonder if she is still alive?” I thought. On impulse, I called the church office in Kingsport, TN and, after explaining who I was, asked if the person I mentioned was still alive. “She is,” the secretary shared, “but she is mostly bedridden now.” I confirmed the address of Jean Bridwell and, after hanging up, I wrote a long-overdue thank you letter:
The Southeast Provincial Convocation will be in Orlando in June. Please see the brochure links below for more information. One change to the brochure information: Archbishop Randolph Adler will be speaking at the opening session on Wednesday evening. Please note the deadline on hotel reservations is May 20.
I had been on my first summer job after high school graduation for about seven weeks when my dad announced a change. He had arranged, against my will and without my permission, for me to work at a general construction company inside the giant Tennessee Eastman Chemical Products Corporation. I was paid $1.65 an hour to work myself to the point of exhaustion each day. “Next week,” he said, “you will start as an electrician’s helper for King Electric Company.” I would still be working inside the Eastman plant and I would make $1.85 an hour. A small improvement, I reasoned.
The next Monday I reported for duty and presented myself to the King foreman. He had me fill out some paperwork and then wait for the electrician to whom I was assigned. As I waited, I thought that this job had to be better than the last. My father was an electrician for Bays Mountain Construction, most of whose employees also worked inside the Eastman. Dad had even given me an electrician’s tool pouch with some tools in it. At least I was moving up in the world!
Friday, April12 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Selma, founding patriarch , Archbishop Randolph Adler, conferred a special blessing on his successor and current patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates. To learn more and to listen to both Archbishop Bates’ sermon and Archbishop Adler’s prayer of blessing go to Reconciliation Service in Selma.