My dear friend and pastor, Wilbur Ellsworth, cited a marvelous quote on July 3 that I had never previously heard. He didn’t tell us where it came from originally so I can’t give you the proper credit for the quote. It does sum up a great deal of what I have learned through considering carefully the ancient-future dimensions of Christian faith.

The saying is this: "We can teach what we know, we can reproduce who we are."

I have taught a great deal for nearly forty years now. I wonder at times how much I have reproduced. I remain deeply committed to teaching. I am even more committed to reproducing with every passing year.