God's party time

Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17

I can never read stories about Jesus and his closest conversation partners, the Pharisees, without remembering JOY with some bemusement. JOY was the junior girls’ group in the small mission church in which I grew up, and it stood for “Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.” It is perhaps no accident that this tiny social group spawned a number of staunch feminists, but that’s another story.

One of my memories of JOY was the tension between the “church girls” and the “town girls.” We church girls struggled mightily to be less smug and more open-hearted, but it was hard work. Despite the ample rewards for letting go of a carefully cultivated sense of superiority, such as the all-out fun and whoop-it-up trouble we enjoyed together, we church girls often settled for less grace and more superiority.


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