Words of life

Well, I have a heads up for the next time I preach about Jesus clearing the temple.

I’m not quite sure what it is about that story, but I love it!  This was my Sunday Facebook post:

I’m always holding back the urge to flip over the tables in church and kick the offering plates. But on the Sunday we read about when Jesus did that, it almost feels like the right thing to do. See you at 11am @ Shiner FUMC…this could get exciting.

So, the next time this text comes up in the lectionary, or I go wild and choose it another Sunday, I’m going to have church furniture thrown over around the church. Maybe I’ll leave a sign that reads: Jesus was here.

For good measure, I’ll leave coins scattered around. The fun part is that I won’t mention anything about it. I’d love to see who catches the imagery, and be able to discusss what kinds of thoughts people had.

Yesterday’s sermon reminded us that we have these strange hearts that make us say and do things we don’t always mean to say and do.  It’s part of being a human being.  When we understand how fickle our hearts can be, we begin to understand part of the reason we need God.  The psalmist’s prayer was that his words and what was in his heart would be pleasing to God.  May that be our prayer, too.

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Stay blessed…john


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