“The Temptation of Twofers” July 29, 2018

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Sermon Archives

“The Temptation of Twofers” 2 Samuel 11:1-15/ Psalm 14 Ephesians 3:14-21/ John 6:1-21   In the world of socially awkward moments, I think I have just found one that belongs in the top ten. Imagine, if you will, Jane and Joe. They’re a nice couple: they work hard and appreciate the joy of good conversation with friends. And so it was that when Jane and Joe received a flyer for the opening of a new restaurant in town, they immediately thought of the Martins and asked if they would like to join them. Good food, good conversation- this will be fun. The food was good and there was lots of it; so much so that both couples decided to each buy just one meal and split it. When the waitress brought the check, Jane reached in her purse and pulled out the flyer that said, “Special introductory rates! Buy one meal, get the 2nd for $1.00.”  At this point, Mr. Martin reached in his wallet, slapped a dollar bill onto the table, and with a big grin said to Joe, “This oughta’ cover it. Thanks so much for inviting us along. This has been great!” Yeah, that’s awkward. For the last 8 Sundays, we have been reading from the Gospel of Mark. Today begins another series, if we dare call it that. It’s a series that will be devoted strictly to the 6th chapter of John. Our reading today is John’s version of the stories that were left out of last week’s text from Mark – namely the feeding of the 5000 along with the story of Jesus calming the waters of the Sea of Galilee. It’s interesting to note that this story is told in all 4 of the gospels, which is not always the case, but I have to say that my favorite version will always be from the Gospel of John. I like it best because John gives us so much more detail. It speaks to the actual miracle sure, but it also speaks to the human condition and the somewhat selfish ways that we act when faced with the generous nature of the divine. At the same time we are continuing our study of the rise to greatness of David, the lowly shepherd boy. Today’s text from 2 Samuel tells the heartwarming story of King David who (vs 1) In the Spring when Kings go off to war, finds himself hanging around the palace with a little bit too much free time on his hands. You know, I can’t help but to find it funny and frustrating at the same time that our biblical heroes are so…. well, flawed. “Idle hands are the devil’s tools,” so they say, but surely this shouldn’t apply to David. Let’s face it, David had everything. His enemies fell before him and his people loved him. And David was well...

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