by Kenneth C. Kroohs

Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
Kenneth C. Kroohs
Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9; I Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22
October 17, 1999

There is a word you might as well get used to hearing ... the word is "transformation". I have begun a series of classes through the Servant Leadership School and they talk a lot about transformation. So you will hear a lot from me about "transformation"! ... This is actually very appropriate since Jesus spoke frequently about "transformation".

But if we read Jesus' teaching about transforming or changing we find that Jesus talked about different changes at various times. One of the reasons I like my classes is that they recognize the need for multiple transformations. We as individuals needed to be transformed over and over again. But as that happens we need to recognize the need for transformations within our communities ... and the entire society.

Our personal transformation requires an inward journey .. changes at the very core of our being --- NO! ... Our personal transformation does NOT require changes at the very core of our being. The very core of our being is our connection to God. The very core of our being is the part that was created in God's image ... that does not require transformation.

No, it is not the core of our being which requires transformation ... it is the layers of junk between our core and our visible self. It is all that "stuff" which has gotten shoved into us. .... No one is born a racial bigot. No one. That is not part of our core -- not part of us that was created in God's image. That is some of the garbage added .. placed on top of ... blocking access to our core.

No one is born focused on the need for money. That is learned behavior. On the other hand, I truly believe that everyone is born with a built-in concern for other people. Everyone. Some have had so much "stuff" ... so many other concerns placed within themselves that you mi ...

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