Posts from September 2016

“I’m From the Government, and I’m Here to Help” Romans 13:1-10

Certain phrases have become part of our common vernacular; most 

of us have heard them or even said them.  These phrases generally have 

underlying meaning or are spoken tongue-in-cheek.  “The check’s in the 

mail.”  “I gave at the office.”  “I’m from the government, and I’m here to 

help.”  After being led to our New Testament Lesson for today’s sermon 

and considering our public recognition of those who serve through Morgan 

County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol Post 8, I had to come 

up with a sermon title.  After considering the passage, the thought for 

today’s sermon title came to my mind.  When I began writing the sermon, I 

thought I’d do some research on the phrase’s origin. 

“Parents’ Unshakable Love” Luke 15:1-2, 11-24

I think when we have a service like this, when we have a Parent-Child-Church Dedication Service, that it is almost like a party.  We all want the best for the baby being dedicated, and we certainly want to support the family, especially the young parents.  Everybody feels good, because we know what a gift a baby is, and how important loving that child really is.

“When Your Worlds Come Crashing Down” Matthew 27:45-56

Fifteen years ago, I drove my kindergarten son and fourth grade daughter to school.  Upon re-entering our home, I heard a broadcaster on The Today Show say, “We’re getting reports that a prop plane has hit one of the World Trade Center towers.”  Jennifer was in another room with the dial-up internet, and I asked her to come hear about what was happening in New York City.   Watching live, we saw a jet enter the field of view on television and hit the second tower.  Like me, most of us can recall exactly what we were doing and where we were on September 11, 2001.

“Boundless Religion” Luke 13:10-17

Today’s New Testament Lesson is akin to Victor Hugo’s memorable novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which Disney later made into an animated movie.  This story is only found in the gospel of Luke; perhaps because Luke was a doctor, this story had a certain allure for him.