For the first time ever I have preached to . . . no one. I am wondering if I should just call this a podcast and be done with it?
I chose not to drive to Knox and St. Mark’s this Sunday because the roads were a curling rink! The Highways Hotline said that travel was not recommended between Regina and Belle Plain on (a small town on the way between me and both congregations) Highway 1 , by the way, I tend not to be too concerned about that hotline, except Highway 1. When they say don’t drive on Highway 1 . . . I don’t drive on it. I did it once and a 45 minute trip turned into two hours of white knuckled terror (slight hyperbole).
The main idea for this sermon came from the Mark reading for this Sunday. There is something about the human condition that wants to create rules and commandments and laws. This isn’t anything to be ashamed of but it is something to be aware of. If we see this tendency in ourselves, or at least admit that it might be there, how can we resist it? One of the best ways is to see how many laws Jesus thought we should have. When he was asked which was the greatest law he answered with the greatest and the one most like it and quit. If we are willing to look carefully at these two greatest laws, we will probably see that every other law actually falls under them, i.e. if we get these two greatest laws right, we’ll probably be able to handle any others.
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Sermon: How many laws do we need?
Photo credit: Jason Clermont
Date: November 4, 2012
Liturgical Sunday:Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
RCL Scripture: Psalm 146; Ruth 1:1-18; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
Sermon Title: How many laws do we need?
Ok, I’ll bite. I looked at the picture in thumbnail size on my phone and had no idea what I was looking at. No here on the page, I’m intrigued by it being a photo by Jason Clermont, but I still have no idea what I’m looking at. Layers of laws maybe?
Isn’t that a great picture! That is what Regina was going through on Sunday. The picture was taken from the inside of a car with the window partially rolled down . . . leaving a “window” of ice behind. I’m most curious about how he got into the car in the first place, the ice sealed most cars completely.
I used the picture just in case anyone thought I was exaggerating the ice I chose not to drive on.