St. Martin's Anglican Church

1460 Hwy #2, Courtice, Ontario, Canada

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Dare to be Different!

I recently read Walter Isaacson’s provocative and fascinating biography of Steve Jobs, the founder of the Apple Corporation. He was innovative, iconoclastic, weird and a genius. He built his company not only into a successful giant, but made it the highest valued company in the entire world. One of Steve Job’s secrets was that he was never willing to live inside the boundaries of the given. He adopted as the motto of his company the words, “Think Different.”

I grant you that he would have been more grammatically correct if his words had been “Think Differently,” but things like that mattered very little to this man.

Later he added the slogan “Accept Uncertainty.” The more I thought about Steve Jobs’ slogans, the more I yearned to make them the mottos of the Christian Church, though there is little evidence inside institutional Christianity today that any one would be responsive to either slogan. Nonetheless that idea fed my theological fantasies and caused me to wonder what the Christian Church would look like if its members and leaders had the courage “to think different” and to “accept uncertainty.”

- Bishop John Spong

May Christ, who draws the nations to himself teach us to love our enemies; May Christ, who enters the water of baptism, lead us to die to all but love. May Christ, who gives new wine for the world turn our bitterness into joy; And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us always.

- The V.Rev. Ted Clarke