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Inside the Messenger: overturning the money changers’ tables


Chad Hobbs:

Messenger Staff

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 With Easter quickly approaching, it’s hard to find a church around the county, regardless of denomination, that isn’t turning its focus and soul towards Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross, which serves as the whole foundation of why the holiday came to be.

 Since I was a young boy attending St. Martin of Tours in Flaherty, there was always one reading that stuck out more than most at this time of year. Multiple gospel writers tell of Jesus walking into the temple and, with a chord in hand, running the livestock and money changers out as he overturned their tables with coins spilling onto the ground.

 It has always stuck out to me because it seems so out of character from everything else written about Jesus. For me, it translates as love your enemies, always try to turn the other cheek, but even the son of God had to kick over a table or two to get everybody’s attention and bring truth to the people.

 Anyone can kick over a table just for the sake of kicking it over, but I think we can all understand that was not the point Jesus was trying to convey. Such is the case of the Messenger, as of late. I am in no way trying to imply this paper or myself are walking imitations of Christ’s divinity. What I am saying is sometimes you have to turn stuff upside down to get to the bottom of things.

 As I stated in last week’s article, the purpose of this series is to take the reader behind the scenes and show some of the rhyme, reason, and motivation behind many of the changes being seen in regard to the Messenger.

The changes we are talking about mainly center around staff and our online presence. Anyone who has been in the office can attest that the day-to-day, in-house team consists of all new faces that came on board last year. We have also introduced a new web site/app, which will be discussed more in depth in coming weeks.

 As we step into the newsroom this week, you will find Seth and myself as the maintainers of this space. Crystal comes out from her role in advertising from time to time to assist, but otherwise it is Seth and I who are interviewing, photographing, researching, writing, and proofing everything that comes out of the newsroom from day to day.

With Seth coming on board last summer and myself last fall, the newsroom has developed not only a new look but a totally different philosophy, as well. In many ways, we are dueling banjos inside and out. When you meet us the first time, our differences are what probably stands out the most. As a team, however, we make a perfect pair. Strengths and likes for one of us are, more often than not, weaknesses