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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Sunday, April 12

The Lord’s Day

Minute for Mission: Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

 

Dr. S. Wesley Ariarajah, Louisville Seminary’s Henry Luce visiting professor for interfaith studies Courtesy of Wes Durham

 

Dr. S. Wesley Ariarajah, Louisville Seminary’s Henry Luce visiting professor for interfaith studies

 

Courtesy of Wes Durham

 

Noticing what God is up to in the world is an essential element of discipleship. The author of First John said as much when he wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1 NIV). Students of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary recently discovered how this element of discipleship can take a surprising turn.

Our visiting professor for interfaith studies, Wesley Ariarajah, former deputy secretary of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, was speaking at a seminary forum in connection with our school’s Doors to Dialogue (D2D) program. D2D is designed to equip our students to build bridges of generous listening and cooperation between and among people of different faiths. Ariarajah was asked a simple question: “Why is it important for seminary students to learn to deal with persons of other faiths?” His answer surprised everyone. “The United States,” he said, “is the most religiously diverse country in the entire world.” Once we thought it was necessary to travel thousands of miles by air to engage different faiths; today we can engage half a dozen on a street corner just waiting for a bus.

As we wait for that bus, what do we have to say? Do we see the people waiting beside us as beloved of God? Or do we just see the things that set us apart as different? “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us” (1 John 1:3 NIV).

Michael Jinkins, president and professor of theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Let us pray

God, we pray that we may discover Jesus Christ in the face of every stranger; that we may know through your Holy Spirit that love eternal that is the essence of your character and the true end of our humanity. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Acts 4:32–35
“Called as Partners in
Christ’s Service”
GTG 761, PH 343

Ps. 133
“How Very Good and Pleasant”
GTG 398

1 John 1:1–2:2
“I Danced in the Morning”
GTG 157, PH 302

John 20:19–31
“We Walk by Faith and
Not by Sight”
GTG 817, PH 399

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 93; 150
First Reading Isaiah 43:8-13
Second Reading 1 Peter 2:2-10
Gospel Reading John 14:1-7
Evening Psalms 136; 117

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