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The Moral Compass
The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1

from the book
A God For This World
Gospel Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Maurice A. Fetty

Mark 1:4-11


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"Confession is good for the soul," so we say in Lent. And so we say in Advent too, "Confession is good for the soul." And my confession is this. Like many men I hesitate to stop to ask for directions. So much so that my wife presented me with a t-shirt which, on the front, had emblazoned these words: "Real men don't ask directions."

We "real men" like to solve problems on our own. We tend to dislike the feeling of dependency and helplessness implied by asking directions. We like to think we know where we're going, thank you, know as much where we're going as anyone else, thank you! We are sufficient to the task at hand. We can find our way through the corporate jungle, negotiate our path through social and cultural labyrinths, and clear a path through the Byzantine worlds of academia, politics, and club memberships. Weakness, uncertainty, and dependency are not for us. "Real men don't ask ...

This The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 sermon, The Moral Compass, is based on Mark 1:4-11 and relates to The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book A God For This World . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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