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Dear Followers of Jesus Christ in West Tennessee,

    General Convention in some ways is like the passage in Matthew (22:23-40) when Jesus is confronted by the riddling Sadducees and the trap setting Pharisees. Only instead of the intricacies of Jewish law in the case of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, General Convention navigates rules of order to pass resolutions, or not pass resolutions.

    But somehow in the midst of motions and amendments, points of order and parliamentary inquiries, voice votes, votes by machine, and Votes by Order, General Convention finds a way to show Love to the Church, and to show Love to the World. The General Convention prunes vines and resolutions, and grows fruit of Love for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

    Jesus responds to the Pharisees telling them the Greatest commandment is to Love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. Which they knew, but Jesus adds the expectation to Love your Neighbor as yourself. Love is the Commandment.

    And for the Sadducees, Jesus tells them their question is all wrong. God is not the God of the seven dead brothers or the brother's dead widow. God is the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, the God of Jacob. God is of the living.

    Love and life was the theme of our Presiding Bishop's Message on Saturday's night's Revival. Yes, Episcopalians can do Revival. With great music, with great musicians, and with great preaching, the Holy Spirit can pour out, the Holy Spirit can fill the hearts of Episcopalians. And if you don't believe ask any of the thousands in Austin's Palmer Center. Or better yet, click the link below.

 Love is Life.

 God's Peace be with you,

The Rev. Chuck McMillen, Rector
St. James' Episcopal Church
and Deputy to the 79th General Convention


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