Bishop Teresa Snorton,
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Bishop Snorton's Meditation
At the recent annual conferences, Bishop Snorton announced that the Fifth Episcopal District was going on a "good news" campaign. Every time we turn on the television, radio, or read a newspaper or the internet these days, seems like all we hear is "bad news". Bishop also commented that her email, mailbox and telephone calls and messages also seem to bear "bad news", complaints and lamentations most of the time.
Recalling the words of the bible, the angels brought the "good news" of Jesus's birth (Luke 2:10). Likewise, Luke 3:18 speaks of Jesus' ministry as "good news": "So with many exhortations he preached good news to the people" and in Luke 4:18 (quoting an Old Testament passage), Jesus said "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news...". In addition, Luke 4:43, 7:22, 8:1, and 16:16 continuously refer to the work of Jesus as "good news"!
The early church saw itself as a bearer of this "good news", for even though Jesus had been crucified, his resurrection was evidence of the eternal promise of God to his people. Throughout the rest of the New Testatment in Acts (8:12, 8:35, 10:34, 10:36, 13:32, 14:15), Romans (10:15), 1 Thessalonians (3:6), Hebrews (4:2, 4:6), 1 Peter (1:12 and 1: 26) there are references to the church embracing the mission of sharing "good news".
Since we are, therefore, a people of "GOOD NEWS", the Fifth Episcopal District's pastors and members are encouraged to do the same - share good news! We are called to share the Good News of God's love and forgiveness, the Good News of Jesus' redemption, the Good News of the presence of the Holy Spirit! We are called to share the Good News of our churches as light in a dark world! Rather than speaking "negatively" about the church, the pastor, the presiding elder and one another, let us share "GOOD NEWS".
Bishop Snorton has set up a special email address where you may send your "GOOD NEWS"
(not case sensitive). Please send in your good news reports!
Bishop Teresa Snorton,
Telephone : 205-929-1145
4901 Lloyd Noland Parkway
Fairfield, AL 35064
P. O. Box 13383, Birmingham, AL 35202
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