Next Thursday is Independence Day, a day we celebrate freedom. Sunday is about half way between, and I can’t help but connect Paul’s notion of freedom to proclaim the Kingdom of God is near, and July 4th. I am also drawn to Luke’s writing about the cost of exercising one’s freedom to do so. In an age of “I” this and “I” that, of growing mistrust of all authoritative structures, I wonder what freedom “to” is coming to mean? I ponder from whence answers will arise. I doubt the backyard grill – but scripture is full of bigger surprises filled with Hope.