This is a sermon about wholeness, and it begins with last week’s sermon about focus.
Jim Shiflett commented about last week’s sermon. That sermon was about focus, in which I suggested that disciples of Jesus ought to try to stay focused on Jesus. (Like a lot of Christian ideas, this is easier said than done.) At the men’s lunch the next afternoon, Jim agreed with the premise of my sermon but took it another step, and added that when we focus on Jesus we see the people Jesus saw. We see the red and yellow, black and white. The haves and the have-nots. Locals and come heres. And we try to love them like Jesus loved them. Our culture these days is less generous when it comes to loving neighbor. But love doesn’t come from culture; it comes from God, and the church is called to share it.
I was born and raised in the sight of water in Hampton, Virginia. I was baptized and nurtured in the Presbyterian church. There was never a time when weekly worship attendance, the giving of ...