Senior Pastor, Reverend, Paul Allan
Dear Church Family,
The great Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth delivered on of the closing lectures of his life at the University of Chicago divinity School. At the end of the lecture, the president of the seminary told the audience that Dr. Barth was not well and was very tired, and though he thought Dr. Barth would like to be open for questions, he probably could not handle the strain. Then he said, "therefore, I'll ask just one question on behalf of all of us." He turned to Barth and asked, "Of all the theological insights you have ever had, which do you consider to be the greatest of them all?"
What a remarkable question to ask a man who had written thousands of pages of some of the most sophisticated theology ever put to paper. The students sat with pads and pencils ready. They were ready to write down every word of insight from the greatest theologian of their time.
Karl Barth closed his eyes and thought for a little while. Then he smiled, opened his eyes and said to the young Seminary students, "The greatest theological insight that I have ever heard is this: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so!"
This month we begin the season of Lent on Valentine's day. A day that typically gives men and women the great excuse to buy each other flowers and candy. Valentine's day is a time for romantic diners. But this year maybe we can recognize that its also a time to remember the greatest gift we have all been given. LOVE. And not just any love but the love of our creator who loves us so much that he sent His son into our world to show us the way of love and lead us into everlasting life.
So, if there could only be one thing for us to be reminded of and reflect upon during this season of Lent, then it should be the great theological truth that Jesus loves us, this we know for the bible tells us so.
In His Love,