Thursday, 3 February 2011

Somebody shoot JR

They gave us JR, they gave us stetsons, they gave us that theme tune.  We loved it (well my mother loved it) folks gathered round the TV when it was on, it was the ultimate water-cooler talking point and it finished in 1991.

Now Dallas is being reborn complete with Larry Hagman playing JR Ewing. (I'm serious, they even said so on the BBC so it must be true. Read all about it here.)

As good as it was, and it was very good. Surely it is time to lay the thing to rest once and for all. Yes many people have many happy memories of the 80's but we all know that this new version will not be as good as the original - it never is.

And to you folks out there in churches across the land.  You good folks who have run successful ministries down the ages.  You remember the good times, the times of plenty, the times of packed houses, when what you were doing was exactly right for the time; if that time has past you have got to let it go.  We can not run clubs or organisations or programmes in our churches just because they used to work, we should only do them if they are working (present tense).

God is not a one-trick pony and He won't have made you that way either.  If we are stuck in a rut doing something simply because we have always done it then we are not making best use of our talents and God's resources.  Let's concentrate on building God's kingdom and not our own.

There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8



1 comment:

  1. I was trying to remember the theme tune...but I'm stuck between the A Team and Indiana Jones for some reason?!

    So true by the way...

    Hope the man flu has cleared up a bit!