SERMONS FOR LENT AND EASTER (SUNDAYS IN ORDINARY TIME)
A student, evaluating another student's sermon, said, "You talked a lot about God, but I haven't the foggiest notion of what you mean by the word "God!"1 There is honesty in that reaction, an honesty of which many of us are afraid. Yet it is healthier than the ever-popular, cozy familiarity with the Almighty - that kind of familiarity through which God becomes my buddy with whom I have groovy experiences. This is one reason there isn't much difference in our attitude when going to church, or to a movie, or to a lecture. We chit-chat before and after.
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.