Sermons, big and small
Geez Magazine had a contest. They gathered up “30 Sermons you’d never hear in church.” Go check it out. I haven’t read them all yet, but it seems to me that I’d be happy to preach sermons like these or to hear them from others.
Here’s a snippet of one sermon:
God is bigger than every good and every bad thing we’ve done. God is bigger than every good and every bad thing that’s been done to us. God is bigger than the poor decisions we made three, five, ten years ago, and bigger still than the consequences we face now. God is bigger than our disobedience and lies, bigger than our addictions – to pornography, to drugs, to media, to television, to sugar. God is bigger than our words and behaviour. God is bigger than our sin. God is bigger than our pain. God is bigger than our happiness too. God is bigger than our right to success and wealth. God is bigger than the things we deserve. So keep the faith.
These sermons are terrific models of good preaching, actually. These 30 sermons are big in intellectual scale and faith. They are small in size. They are engaging. They would provoke deeper faith. If it’s true that we’d “never hear them in church” then we are in trouble.