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This Is Your King? - Luke 23:33-43

How many of you had to read Beowulf in high school or college?  Let me ask it another way, how many of you were supposed to have read Beowulf in high school or college?  I was supposed to have read it at one point, but I have to honestly admit that I never did…one attempt at trying to read and comprehend the Old English, and once again Cliff Notes were my friend. How many of you out there think the Preacher has now lost his mind?  I mean, this is the preacher who doesn’t want us to sing Christmas songs before Christmas Eve and he just had us sing “We Three Kings.” Then he follows it with a reading from the crucifixion of Jesus, which clearly belongs in a completely different season of the church year.  The Preacher then follows all of this with a clip and starts talking about Beowulf which he has never fully read or watched.  He’s really has lost his mind.  Well, just to check, how many of you felt that the preacher had lost mind before today?  Okay, that’s good to know.  Hold on a min…

Commitment or Convenience - Luke 9:57-62

One day, out on the farm, a chicken and a pig happen to be wandering near the farmhouse during breakfast time.  The two of them together, curious, look in on what the farm, his wife, and their children are having for breakfast.  There’s a nice spread set: scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, jelly, and butter, along with milk and juice.  The pig and the chicken then start debating about which one of them is more dedicated to helping the farm start his day.  After hearing the chicken cluck, cluck, cluck away at how important she was for providing the eggs as the centerpiece of the meal, the pig looks the chicken square in the eye and says, for you and your sisters providing those eggs for the meal is a matter of convenience, for us pigs though, providing the bacon and sausage, requires a “whole hog” total commitment. Jesus was heading for Jerusalem.  He had called the Twelve to follow him.  They had been with him as he traveled from place to place, teaching, healing, and feeding.  …