Second Lesson Sermons for Sundays after Pentecost (Final Third)
Because he often banged his fists into people's faces, they called him Bam Bam. His name is Michael Godwin. At twenty years of age he was on death row at the state penitentiary in Columbia, South Carolina, convicted of rape and murder, a crime he denied, and already was considered by some to be the most dangerous criminal in the history of that state. The first time I read his story chronicled in Harold Morris' book, Beyond the Barriers, I cried. It is a tragic tale. Bam Bam never had a father. He was raped by the paper boy at age three. At five he set the family house on fire.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.