Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
The word “RADICAL” has been hijacked today! A very positive word has been made negative by our culture and media. It is time we recover, renew and recommit to being “RADICAL.”
In Old Latin and Medieval English, “radical” means basic and important – different from what is ordinary. Jim Bailiff is a name and a person well-known around Bay Village, having served as Chaplain from 2007-2011. Jim was my immediate predecessor and mentor. My respect for Jim is deep – especially as he now serves as a member of our Bay Village Board of Trustees.
Jim has written a manuscript, soon to be published, which captures the true essence of the meaning and power of “radical,” especially as it applies to a specific area of our daily life = ANXIETY. Some degree of anxiety is part of life for each one of us. The book, Anxiety Yields to Faith, speaks to the assertion that, in addition to the commonly accepted remedies of physical and psychological therapies, there is an additional and integral therapy = A RADICAL TRUST IN GOD. When we fail to nurture the presence and power of faith in God, we deprive ourselves of a spiritual therapy needed to deal with our anxiety.
While I encourage and invite you to be on the watch for Jim’s book, my main encouragement is for you to be on the watch for the RADICAL presence of God, with whom you can trust your deepest anxieties!!