Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (First Third)
"Good grief, Jesus, do you know what you're saying and doing? How often are you going to irritate people before you finally learn your lesson? It seems to us disciples that you're deliberately setting yourself up for another 'kick me' game. When will you ever learn the difference between deliberate antagonism and healthy confrontation? Surely, you're aware that you're flirting with disaster when you continue to rail, ad nauseam, against the scribes and Pharisees? Keep talking this way, and your days are numbered. So, watch it! Back off before you commit political and religious suicide."
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.