Sermon for 5/7/17: Slaves, Masters, Hearing, Mishearing

Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, and John 10:1-10

 Good Shepherd Word Cloud

Good Shepherd Word Cloud

This trust, this confidence in the One whom they have come to know and love, sustains them even when their society strips away everything else that might give them a sense of worth and a sense of place. Because God loves and protects and honors them, they can endure their neighbors’ scorn.
— Judith Jones on 1 Peter

Sermon Notes

A difficult sermon to squeeze out of scripture this week.  No one wants to hear the Christian voices of old tell slaves to obey their masters.  So this week represents a good bit of wrestling on my part.  The historical/sociological info. on this letter from Peter came from the following articles.  Click to connect: Jeanniine Brown, Judith Jones 1 on 4/30/17,  Judith Jones 2 on 4/23/17.  Thank you WorkingPreacher.org.  If you feel like reading up on conservative and liberal morality in a really life-giving way instead of a divisive way, check out this book by Jonathan Haidt -- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics. (Reference and Library).