It’s almost 4 p.m. on Saturday, and I’m looking for any excuse to keep from putting the sermon on paper. I’m using the Mark passage for the week, about who is the greatest in the kingdom.
I think I struggle with this text because Jesus is so explicit in his teaching. Human understandings of power and control are turned upside down. The powerless become powerful. It’s an easy thing to hear, and almost impossible at times to live out. Humility is perhaps the hardest lesson to learn.
I’m going to lie down and think about it for a while…
Jay Voorhees is a pastor, writer, and community activist located in Nashville, TN. Jay currently is the pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN, and is engaged in helping to connect others to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ and to take seriously Christ’s call to love our neighbors in radical ways.
Jay is the co-founder of The MethoBlog, a site that aggregates the writings of Methodist-related bloggers throughout the world, and is the former managing editor of The United Methodist Reporter. Jay has been involved in the United Methodist Church at both the local and national level since 1988. Jay is also the owner of Only Wonder Media, a boutique book and media publisher.
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