(March 13, 2011) During Lent especially, the church is a place where we talk about sin and death– uncomfortable topics, yet important ones for which we have very few outlets in our society. By naming our own brokenness and our own mortality, we begin to strip them of their power and hand it over to God in Christ. (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11, and Romans 5:12-19)
I confess that this sermon got away from me in part; I meant to talk about Japan and the crisis there in speaking about our mortality and our fear of (even talking about) death. One of the things with unscripted preaching is that the sermon takes on a life of its own, for better or for worse.