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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Friday, November 19, 2010

What do I believe? Hmmmm.

The scene: crowded bar, after a UW Husky win.

“What do you believe?” My new friend on the stool next to me was looking at me, smiling, pretty tipsy, slightly apologetic. And waiting.

The question hung there for a moment. I thought about the Apostle’s Creed, an ancient statement of faith. Not a very good answer, under the circumstances.

I thought about all the variables. Substitutionary atonement, amillenialism. Health care for all.

I decided to keep it simple: “I’m a Christian. A Methodist.”

“Hey, me too,” he slurred, satisfied.


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