Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

The “End Times” Scenario

Creation through God, the Divine Force — humans look to the facts
As I write this, even as you read it — those are certain human acts

Our existence, for sure, known to us through our finite lives on Earth
Born into God’s Earthly kingdom by way of a “miraculous” human birth

A Genesis account written poetically in homage to God’s creative love
Ancient peoples looking skyward to see their God somewhere “up above”

As grass withers and flowers fade, humans envision the end of mortal life
Many look to the Bible to allay their fears and reduce existential strife

Some folks jump to Revelation, the Apocalypse, to reveal what will happen
Wanting an assured crystal ball of certainty, hoping their hearts will gladden

Millennium, seven years, beast, Armageddon — even the word “rapture”
Terms of so-called truth emanating from a final book granted little stature

A book written several millennia ago during an ancient unscientific time
Can one assumed author say how humanity will go through its decline?

An author’s vision-dream taken as a literal revelation of what God will send?
My divine-given rationality cries out that such concrete reasoning may end

The forces of nature and our corporate living will surely go on to tomorrow
The Creator’s spirit is in control — no need to worry and no need for sorrow

verse by Randall Wehler, 2014

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