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A matter of perspective: from your head to your heart may be the longest journey you will ever make. (Here and Now).

One of the most colourful colourful or US colorful

1. with bright or richly varied colours

2. vivid or distinctive in character

Adj. 1.
 characters in the legal profession in Newfoundland must surely have been His Honour Judge James (Jim) Higgins. Many lifelong residents of St. John's have a story or a number of stories about his remarks and behaviour in court. As much as he enjoyed a joke at the expense of other people, he enjoyed the stories he told against himself even more.

He told about hearing a case that involved two brothers named Scott. It was a case regarding a dispute over property. The judge listened patiently, first, to one side of the argument and, then, to the other. Eventually, he asked the older brother: "Mr. Scott, how far is it from your house to your brother's house?"

"About 350 yards, sir."

"About 350 yards. Well, now, I suppose it is safe to say that, if it is 350 yards from your house to your brother's house, it must be 350 yards from your brother's house to your house. Isn't that correct?"

"I am not so sure, Your Honour. I will have to think about that."

"You will have to think about that? Why? If it is 350 yards one way, it must be 350 yards the other way as well."

"Not necessarily, Your Honour. It is six days from Christmas to New Year's, but it is a lot longer the other way around."

And so it is with a number of things. For example, the distance from your heart to your head is not a long one. How many inches? That depends, I suppose, on the build and size of the person concerned. In any case, the distance between the two is of little consequence.

However, the distance from your head to your heart is a different matter. It is, as homiletics hom·i·let·ics  
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The art of preaching.

the art of sacred speaking; preaching. — homiletic, homiletical adj.
 professor Fred Craddock Fred Craddock is the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from rural Tennessee.  remarked, the longest journey we will ever make. It may take years to travel that distance. And there are many and various stops on the way between the two.

With some of us, it takes a long time for the things we believe in our heads to travel to our hearts. We may believe in compassion compassion,
n a profound awareness of another's suffering coupled with a desire to alleviate that suffering.
 but do nothing about it. We may believe a lot of theological statements; yet, that is as far as it gets. It is head-bound and never reaches beyond that. We may believe the things the Scriptures say about us, our spiritual ancestors Ancestors
See also father; heredity; mother; origins; parents; race.


an inclination toward old-fashioned things, speech, or actions, especially those of one’s ancestors. Also archaicism. — archaist, n.
 and the stories of Christian beginnings; yet, that is as far as it gets. The trip from the head to the heart, from the mind to the spirit, is a long one.

Our church is cautious of emotion, and there is wisdom in that. Yet, there is more to the gospel than understanding what is said in the Scriptures. (Even the devil is able to quote Scripture.) And there is more to the faith than a memorization mem·o·rize  
tr.v. mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing, mem·o·riz·es
1. To commit to memory; learn by heart.

2. Computer Science To store in memory:
 of theology--ancient or modern.

Father Roy Hendricks, late of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church St. Stephen's Episcopal Church can refer to:
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Iowa)
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Louisiana)
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Nebraska)
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (New York)
  • St.
 in Philadelphia, once wrote: "The Presbyterian Church in Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada is the name of a Protestant Christian church, of presbyterian and reformed theology and polity, serving in Canada under this name since 1875, although the United Church of Canada claimed the right to the name from 1925 to 1939.  has the best statement on the Holy Spirit I have read. And yet, I am told, the report has not been able to get from the shelf [at church offices] to the heart of the church."

It may be only a matter of inches from the heart to the head. It may be miles and miles the other way around.

R. Sheldon MacKenzie, who Jives Jives may refer to
  • of one of the villains in the novel The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.
  • the English name of the character Maggi Mjói from LazyTown.
 in Sardis, B.C., is a retired professor from Memorial University in St. John's and a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
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Author:MacKenzie, R. Sheldon
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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