First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Adult Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5.
All Church Sunday School for Children & Youth – following worship
Fun & Fellowship lunch at Golden Harbor – 12:15 p.m.
Facing Racism Study – 5:30-7:00 p.m.
PYC: Mix preparation – 4:00 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

In a university community like ours, we encounter many highly intelligent people, people who are quick witted, who can make reasoned and insightful arguments, who have mastered shelves of technical and complex material. We are right to be impressed by intelligence. Yet, intelligence is not the same was wisdom.

J. Robert Oppenheimer exhibited this profoundly. Few could surpass his brilliance. For years when he was young, he would spend each summer learning a new language, one of which was Sanskrit. He was a master mathematician and physicist who would be chosen to lead the Manhattan Project. In less than 4 years, he and his team figured out how to exploit the energy of the atom. Impressively intelligent. But on the day of the Trinity test in the New Mexico desert, Oppenheimer quoted that famous passage from the Bhagavad Gita: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

He spent the rest of his life trying to restrain what he helped to unleash. He said, “In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.” Those are the hard-won words of wisdom, born of long experience and deep reflection. Join us on Sunday as we hear Jesus offer a parable intended to aid disciples in living a wise life.

Blessings, David