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WAY TOO MUCH Reading the weekend Globe and Mail is one of life's pleasures. Alas from Margaret Wente another column about the state of today's United and larger Christian church, with an online reply from our moderator Marti Tindal (http://www.

WAY TOO MUCH

Reading the weekend Globe and Mail is one of life's pleasures.

Alas from Margaret Wente another column about the state of today's United and larger Christian church, with an online reply from our moderator Marti Tindal (http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/moderator/120730). Such columns usually express some form of the church being too much or too little of something that makes us some weird mix of arrogance and failure.

After reading her column, I thankfully thought about the faith community I have experienced in the South Delta Ministerial (SDM, http://southdeltachurches.org/Ministerial/Home.html).

My people and I feel a deep kinship to these churches. What I see in the SDM is "way too much" (WTM) love of Jesus.

Our SDM prays and worships WTM. Christians in these churches give WTM of their money, time and ability, not only for their particular church ministries but in various volunteer organizations, some in other parts of the world.

SDM serves WTM when they feed, shelter, clothe and advocate for people in need.

The SDM is vocal WTM about the need for God's peace, justice and reconciliation in our broken, sinful and fragmented world.

Christians of the SDM are also WTM human - we make mistakes, have shortcomings, need forgiveness and have lots of room for growth but that just makes us WTM like Jesus.

Moreover, South Delta is richer because of the people of the SDM.

Jim Short can be reached at minister@ladnerunited.org.