A former Southern-Baptist, the Rev. David Mateo, was ordained and installed at United Church of Chapel Hill (North Carolina). "I've been receiving a lot of blessings from wonderful individuals who have showed me, by real and sincere actions, that radical hospitality, social justice and unconditional love is the way the Kingdom of God works," Mateo said. "I was using the Bible as an oppressive instrument, and my preaching not only was exclusivist, but charged with intolerance and condemnatory ideas." The Rev. Mateo welcomed the opportunity to change. "This ordination step not only represents a decision to devote myself to a particular denomination or theological vision, but to the people, the poor and those for whom the Kingdom of God was given." God is still speaking and the faithful are listening.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22