The Remembered Commission
The Parable of Georgia Football
Sermon Text – Genesis 22:1-19
Topic – Evangelism, Evangelize by Loving God
This is my sermon preached on the Sunday following the Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality. Upon re listening to this sermon, I say “we” and “us” quite a bit. When I say “we” and “us” I am referring to the Bible believing Christian church of which I belong and pastor.
For my written response to how I want my church to respond to this ruling, please read my article, One Plus One Plus…
How I want my church to respond to this ruling.
Sermon Text – John 4:35
Topic – Love, The Gospel, Evangelism, Sharing the Gospel, Witnessing
Being a pastor, a large part of my job is hospital and doctor’s office visitation. I’ve learned one thing in my years and that is the medical field has their own language. They might be speaking English, but it’s a whole lot different that what I learned growing up in the South. Let’s look at how crazy these terms can get.
A nephrologist is not a person who studies ancient Egyptian gods. It is a kidney doctor. A stethoscope sounds more like a tool to find dinosaurs than a tool to help you listen to the heart and lungs. Cyanosis is not how you say goodbye in Japanese. It means bluish skin. Cephalgia is not the stuff that grows on ponds. It a head ache, and the medical profession is the only place I know where “positive” means bad and “negative” means good.
When I was a kid, we had a old rotten pecan tree in our back yard. It dropped hundreds and hundreds of pecans in our back yard every season, but with one big problem. Since the tree was old and rotten, the tree could not hold the pecans on the tree long enough for the pecans to get ripe. All of these pecans that fell in our back yard were inedible. They were not ripe. They were extremely bitter. We use to play jokes on our friends by cracking these pecans, placing them in a bowl, and enticing our friends to eat them. We wanted to see that ugly face they would make with they tasted the bitterness of an underripe pecan.
Not only were these pecans inedible, they were dangerous. Like a young boy should, I ran around our neighborhood barefooted. I don’t know if you are aware, but their is a sharp point on the ends of a pecan shell. When I, and others, would run through our back yard, we would step on the points of these pecans and it hurt. As we were hoping on one foot because of the pain shooting through our damaged foot, we would undoubtedly hope onto the point of another pecan and damage our other foot. It was right out of a cartoon. I cannot tell you how many times this happened to me and my friends.
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