The Words from Will are usually written the day of or the day before they are published. The exceptions to that are when I’m away for a period of time or when the weather threatens to make publishing them difficult. I want you to know that in case this email comes out in the aftermath of a destructive Hurricane Frances. As I write this on Tuesday, I have no idea if Friday will be beautiful with everyone enjoying electricity and the start of a nice weekend or a mess with trees down and flooded areas and power outages.
The church is, at times, unfairly (and, at times, fairly) criticized for being focused on what doesn't matter to people and missing what does. At times our defense, to put it bluntly, is that the wrong things matter to people. Humans can get focused on some insignificant and unholy things. At times, though, we are indefensibly aloof to what does and should matter to people. When that's the case, we should repent. There is too much that matters and the gospel has too much that addresses it for us to be "so heavenly as to be no earthly good."