Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28F R O M T H E R E C T O R perspectives or candidates – and it is often an inaccurate description. Your clergy team is unapologetically evangelical. When I describe St. Martin’s to others, I tell them we are “evangelical” Christians and we are an “evangelical” Church. Because, frankly, if we are Christians – we are called to be evangelical Christians. An evangelist is one who tells the story – and each and every one of us is called to do just that. You are not off the hook. If you have responded to Jesus’ follow me, then you are asked to be His disciple, and to go into the world to do His work. I like the words of clergyman Leighton Ford who writes, “Jesus was born in a borrowed manger. He preached from a borrowed boat. He entered Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey. He ate the Last Supper in a borrowed upper room and He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Now He asks to borrow the lives of Christians to reach the rest of the world. [And] If we do not speak, then He is dumb and silent.”1 Don’t know how to begin? Just a quick instruction manual...first “why” and second “how.” First, why? There are several reasons, I suppose, why to reach out with the story of what unfolds in this place week after week. A big reason is because Jesus said to do it – that’s usually a good start. But why did He say to do that? Jesus wants us to join him in the ministry of bringing healing to a broken and bruised world – so often burdened by guilt, pain, sin, alienation from one another, and from God and His love. He is the healing balm to an ailing world. It was not first the United Nations, but Jesus who said to love our neighbor, care for the poor, pull in the outcast and reach out to the downtrodden. It was Jesus who talked about things every single human desires – peace, love, goodness, purity, forgiveness, healing, truth. It was Jesus who said He was the answer to all of these things. He promised that as we followed Him, we would have these things not only in this life, but also in the life to come. So part of our “telling of the story” is to realize that promise of heaven is not just “pie in the sky,” but a real hope for all who put their trust in Christ. If it is pie in the sky, by the way, your time would be much better spent this morning on the beach, golf course or in bed – I am so thankful none of us is ever tempted to do that! So, part of the answer to “why” is because each of us should be part of the answers of the world rather than part of its problems; we should be those who choose to light a candle rather than curse the darkness – and all of this because Jesus is counting on us to do that. I don’t know how many of you saw the first installment of Disney’s Chronicles of Narnia. It was shown on cable just around Christmas and I highly recommend it. One of the closing scenes from C.S. Lewis’ story literally leapt off the screen for me. Early in the story, the little child Lucy is given a magic potion by Saint Nicholas that can heal wounded persons – even those mortally wounded. While I am giving some of the story away here, I want you to take particular notice of what happens when, after the major battle between good and evil at the end of the film, the soldiers of both the Christ-figure Aslan and the satanic- figure the White Witch are littering the battlefield – notice carefully – Lucy’s face after she administers the healing medicine to her wounded brother Edmund. When she sees it brings him back from death’s door, watch the light turn on in her eyes, and how it begins to spread across her face as she realized, now, she, not Aslan, but she is to take the medicine out to other injured soldiers. And she begins to run, not walk, but run to the wounded because she realizes at that moment how desperately each of them needs that kind of medicine. Do you remember a few years back the Mercedes Benz commercial that showed their car colliding with a cement wall during a safety test? Someone then asked the company spokesman why they do not enforce their patent on the Benz’ energy- absorbing car body, a design evidently copied by other companies because of its success. He replied with a kind of professional stoicism, “Because some things in life are too important not to share.” Isn’t that true? And surely the person of Jesus Christ is one of those things, dare say I the most important of all things? Oh, our world needs Him does it not? Look around your office...walk through the mall... stroll through the grocery store...visit the hospital...go to a nursing home...come and serve in one of our Outreach ministries... look into the faces of those around you. In every direction today you will see wounded people...who need you not to walk, but run onto the battlefield and begin to administer the healing medicine of Jesus Christ – and if you don’t tell them, who will? Second, how? How to do it? Ah...the scary part! There are really two levels I want to suggest to you here and they fall under the category of “words” and “ways.” My friend John Claypool used to talk about people 1 From A Box of Delights, J. John and Mark Stibble, comp. (Monarch Books: London, 2001), p. 61. CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, DISNEY THE STAR I JANUARY 2017 03