has anyone else notice how often the word hope is occurring within popular culture? obviously barak obama is mentioning hope a lot but i’ve also been seeing hope pop up in commercials and various writings. i’ve always heard that karl barth said that a sermon should be written “with the bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other” (i have no reference for this). his point was that if we really believed that JESUS is the answer then we should be constantly searching for what questions the culture was asking that HE would be the answer to. i’m not preaching anywhere right now but if i was the newspaper in my “other hand” seems to indicate that hope would be a good thing to discuss.