Context is one of those tricky things, at least it can be tricky. Today’s sermon is taken from St. Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians, “I have become all things to all people.” (1 Corinthians 9:22b NRSV)
It was all too easy for me, especially when I was younger, to look at Paul’s statement and write him off as a hypocrite. “How can you become all things to all people and not betray someone or yourself?” I can hear me asking forty years ago. And at the same time that same youth did not talk to small children the same way as to peers or to the elderly, etc. Why? Because I, like most of us, paid attention to context.
This week’s sermon talks about context in the context (see what I did there?) of communicating important things to people. Let me know if you think I got it right or missed something.