Jack Buck, voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for forty-seven years, made the infamous call of, "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" as Ozzie Smith homered against the Dodgers in the '82 National League playoffs. I often think (can still hear) his robust charge to the most enthusiastic Cardinal Nation. The legendary broadcaster was giving the viewers permission to lose control of our emotions and leap into the frenzy of baseball wonder!
I felt the wonder. More so, I experience even greater electrification in the kingdom! What in the world has happened to us? I'll tell you in one word: MUCH. Much has happened to us and it's gigantic, unfathomable, inexpressible, and great! Life---abundant life---has happened to us! We can't possibly measure it or describe it! We are in over our heads with effectiveness, delight, and friends! This church stuff is of the greatest excitement from the Truest Source for the most glorious work! Don't flinch when the bad stuff hits. Even the Cross has a place in the schematic glory of the Lord's workings!
My good friend, Marvin Phillips, single-handedly lit a fire in a nation full of preachers in the mid-seventies...and it ain't goin' out! Spread the Good News oh ye of wobbly faith, the broken-from-the-grave Son is still the hope of the world, the hope of the church, the hope of each of us! We have every reason to go crazy over who we get to be in Him! We can take a pretty stern beating or hefty disappointment and yet bounce back to "bigger than life"! Didn't he do that from the cross and out the grave?
Go crazy preacher! Go crazy! Let the church frenzy of celebration continue! Jesus is Lord!