I worshipped at Hope UCC in Naperville yesterday. The pastor is a friend of mine (funny how pastors seem to know other pastors, eh?) and I've wanted to visit there for a long time.
Hope has a very warm welcome -- and spirit-filled worship. During the sermon, I heard the question, "Why isn't being a Christian something dangerous?" The context was that we've grown complacent in our rebellious religion and we're no longer positive world-changers. We're just apathetic people who have no motivation to live out what being named a Christian means.
The sermon started with the pastor telling us what his pirate name is. I went to the site (click on the title of this entry) to find mine.
I think it started that way to get us thinking about acting like what we are. As followers of Jesus, we're not called to inaction -- but to share the good news. We're called to love others -- even if they make our skin crawl.
My pirate name is Calico Jack Cash.