Once upon a time, I thought it would be a great idea to preach a sermon series on “Bible Stories we should all know.” I thought it was a great idea. Noah, Jericho, Job, David, Jonah… All of these stories that we should know.
Except, most of these stories contain major chunks that I struggled with how to tell. The Battle of Jericho? A huge bloodbath with little concern for the innocent. Seriously? How do you preach that?
I could go on, but you know the stories.
As we enter this passage from Joshua, maybe it is a good Sunday to talk about the privilege and responsibility of dominance/leadership/1st world-ness? What about the people/families/communities who lived in the promised land?
Or in Matthew, there is a little diatribe about the religious leaders of the day. Are we any different? How?
How do we love our “phylacteries broad and their fringes long.” Christians? Ministers?
What role does humility play in the life of faith?
And how much of it makes it into the sermon? Maybe none of it?
What are you thinking?