Today immediately after walking out of church , thankfully not in earshot of anyone, my son expressed his opinion about the sermon. “That was the worst sermon I’ve ever heard!” Well , he was in a negative mood ,but he was still able to explain why he thought that. And he also made a good point , that maybe it’s just because he’s heard so many good ones. That comment made me happy .
His negative review was based on the fact that the pastor took a fairly straightforward parable , The Sower, and gave it a whole bunch of extra meanings and applications that I have never heard or read before.
In this Parable , Jesus teaches a lesson about a sower scattering seed that lands in various surfaces and yields various bad and good results. Later he explains the meaning to his Disciples .
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.9 He who has ears, let him hear.” – Matthew 13:1-9
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” – Matthew 13:18-23
My son has been studying the Bible since he was little and listening to sermons so he noticed when the pastor took a different course. To sum it up , he compared rocky and good soils to people and relationships and our tendency to evangelize people we like , the easy ones , but not the ones we don’t , the rocky ones. And that we ourselves sometimes are like good soil and sometimes we are rocky. I don’t know. It seemed like a stretch to me , but maybe ? What do you think ? Should a pastor add to a parable like that, and sorta use it as a jumping off point to make other points ? What bothered me most was that he never gave Jesus’ explanation of the parable .
This was not the regular pastor, by the way . It was the youth pastor . So I will give him a pass for this one . He’s young and I like him. I’ll have to ask him sometime why he took this somewhat different course. On a good note, I got my kids to church! I’ve been going pretty regularly but I can’t always get them up and out of the house in time. My husband had to stay home to take care of our sick daughter. The trip to town was definitely still worth the effort even with the iffy sermon. In fact, the conversation on the way home may have been even more important than the actual church time.
After church there was more motorcycle riding and I took my camera out and tried to get some good shots. I still have some learning to do with that camera . Here are a few that I thought turned out pretty cool. I did have to edit the lighting on them because I am not good at setting the exposure.
I hope you had a good Sunday. Tell me about it!