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Love And Money
Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28

from the book
No Box Seats in the Kingdom
Sermons For The Sundays After Pentecost (Last Third)

William G. Carter

Mark 10:17-31


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A seminary professor named Stanley Hauerwas has a novel idea about how churches should receive new members. A teacher of Christian ethics at Duke University, he has written about the church's need for honesty and has called us to tell the truth as a "community of character."

To this end, he has a modest proposal. Whenever people join the church, Hauerwas thinks they should stand and answer four questions:
* Who is your Lord and Savior? The response: "Jesus Christ."
* Do you trust in him and seek to be his disciple? "I do."
* Will you be a faithful member of this congregation? The answer: "I will."
* Finally, one last question: What is your annual income?1

You heard me correctly. When people join the church, Dr. Hauerwas thinks they ought to name their Lord and Savior and tell fellow church members how much money they make.

It is obvious Hauerwas does not serve as a pastor of a congregation. His idea ...

This Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 sermon, Love And Money, is based on Mark 10:17-31 and relates to Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book No Box Seats in the Kingdom. 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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