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Across the pond the British have just honored their queen on the anniversary of her 60th year on the throne. Queen Elizabeth acceded to the throne when her father died in 1952. The only other monarch to rule for 60 years was Queen Victoria in 1897.

Scottish theologian Alister McGrath tells of when he was a boy he would experiment with various chemicals in his school’s laboratory. He liked to drop a tarnished coin into a beaker of diluted nitric acid to see what would happen. He often used an old British penny bearing the image of Queen Victoria because when tarnished Her Majesty’s image could not be clearly seen. But the acid quickly ate away the grime and the Queen’s image would reappear in shining glory.

That is something of what it means for us to live out of our tarnished past and into our shiny new image in Christ.

(From a sermon by Monty Newton, Who We Were Is Not Who We Are, 6/18/2012)

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