We saw this tree being torn down branch by branch the other day. No doubt due to concerns based on our recent bad weather incidents. But I’m guessing the whole tree will have to come down. I learned this morning that the word ‘radical’ means ‘dealing with the roots.’ We often associate it with a person or idea that is revolutionary or extreme in a negative context ….. but so many of our ways of thinking are based on traditions we’ve either been taught or have picked up along the way. Jesus was one of the most radical thinkers I know! He challenged the strongest religious and political minds by dealing with roots of tradition and self importance. We won’t change by lopping off a few branches. We must examine our roots and take an axe to them! Now that’s a radical idea!