“My text this morning is . . .”

by Kim on July 27, 2007

Here are five texts on which I’d love to hear a sermon.

Leviticus 21:18, 20-21: For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, … or a hunchback, or a dwarf, … or a man … with an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. (NRSV)

II Kings 2:23: Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel, and on the way some boys came out of town and made fun of him. “Get out here, baldy!” they shouted. (GNB)

Proverbs 31:6-7: Alcohol is … for those who are in misery. Let them drink and forget their poverty and unhappiness. (GNB)

The Song of Solomon 7:6-8: You are as graceful as a palm-tree, and your breasts are like clusters of dates. I will climb the palm-tree and pick its fruit. (GNB)

Galatians 5:12 I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! (NRSV)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

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Clix 07.30.07 at 3:44 am

Oh, I LOVE the “Baldy” story. You gotta include the rest, though, that the kids got EATEN BY BEARS!

Why, oh WHY did I never hear that one at VBS?!!

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ee 07.30.07 at 9:11 am

I remember giving my pastor a hard time about the Leviticus verse. Poor guy, he didn’t deserve it.

The Song of Solomon one just so obviously refers to ‘the love twixt Christ and his church’. Can you really not see that? :)

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D. W. Congdon 07.31.07 at 5:35 am

These are great, Kim! As an opening to one of my sermons, I went on a tour through some of the most difficult passages in the Bible as a prelude to preaching on Jude. It was a great way to (1) have a good laugh at Scripture, and (2) place Jude in a broader context of really tough passages.

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the Thief 07.31.07 at 7:44 pm

I have actually preached on the Galatians text (the whole thing, that is). I personally love how Paul expresses himself in this text - “instead of just circumcision, why don’t you go all out and castrate yourselves?”

It’s a great reminder that the Bible was written by humans, real people with real emotions who responded authentically to the situations they experienced.

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dh 08.01.07 at 2:25 pm

Thief I really liked and agreed with what you said.

However, what you said doesn’t contradict that Scripture is innerant and from God as well. I think alot of people who don’t believe in inerrancy of Scripture assume that those who believe in innerancy don’t believe that the personality, humanity, etc of the writers was allowed when in fact the perfection of Scripture and the personality of the writers are not mutually exclusive.

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Pieter Friedrich 08.03.07 at 1:11 am

I’ve actually heard a sermon on the II Kings text. I don’t remember when or *exactly* what points were made, but it basically covered mockery of God’s prophets/preachers.

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Rick 08.03.07 at 10:12 pm

Please don’t use words carelessly, even with the best of intentions: my child has an extreme form of scoliosis.

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