Date: July 24, 2011
Liturgical Sunday: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon Title: “All things”? Really?
Knox Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110724_-_knox.mp3|titles=”All things”? Really?]
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110724_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=St. Mark’s Presbyterian]
It is one of the besetting sins for many preachers that they feel compelled to complain about how hard it was to preach. Now don’t get me wrong; preaching can be very hard work. The problem arises when the preacher has been telling you how hard it is every week . . . and then a week comes up when it is actually hard work, like this week.
Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, the book of Romans, is one of the most complex in the Bible. I mention some of the challenges that it poses in the sermons so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that I wasn’t really planning on preaching from it. This is not to say that there are not excellent parts of Romans that are reasonably easy to preach, it is just that much of the book takes so much explanation that by the time you get to what you want to say, you’ve run out of time. I was going to go back to the life of Jacob in the Old Testament or more parables in the Gospel lesson but I couldn’t. I pondered this throughout the week and as I was wondering why I couldn’t the events in Norway began to unfold and then I knew. I knew that I had some responsibility to try and help the people of Knox and St. Mark’s, and anyone who makes use of this blog, come to grips with the tension in which we live.
I am by no means certain that I did the job well enough but I do know that I did it as well as I could and I have the feeling that I’ve been run through a wringer to “prove” it. Yes this week was very difficult but I count it a privilege to be given the opportunity.
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