Sermon Synopsis for 10/23: “The Parable of the Rich Fool”


Several years ago, I had read the newspaper account of a young man who had failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the road. He had lost control of his car, which then plummeted down a steep embankment, rolling over and over again. In the process, he was thrown from the vehicle, and tragically, he lost his left arm. When he collected himself, he scrambled to get to some spot where he could assess the damage. Seeing his demolished vintage vehicle, he bellowed, “Oh my Lamborghini, my Lamborghini

Meantime, another driver had come upon the scene and immediately pulled over to assist. He heard this man’s lament over his car, but quickly deduced that this injured man must be in shock.”Let me help you; let’s sit down and let me tend to your injury. We need to stop the bleeding from your severed arm.”

Obviously the man had gone into shock because he was startled by this revelation! Suddenly he understood the gravity of all that was going on; whereupon he cried out, My Rolex! My Rolex!”

Fiction sometimes betrays an all-too-true accounting of the insidious nature of our greed. Our possessions can so possess us that we lose perspective regarding what’s really important in life. It’s not our Lamborghinis (or Fords) or Rolexes (or Timexes – Timices?), houses, jewels, trinkets or wardrobes. It isn’t stuff that’s inherently valuable!

Why not join us this Sunday to hear what is inherently valuable! – as we probe Jesus’ “Parable of the Rich Fool?”


Sermon Synopsis for 10/16: “The Parable of the Proud Pharisee”

I don’t know if it was David Rhodes, the CBS executive, or David Rhodes, the rock guitarist, or David Rhodes, the prolific author, who said or wrote it, but one of them did: “Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes in good soil: The danger of pride is that it feeds on goodness.”
People everywhere struggle with pride; just not us, right? At least not me, I’m proud to say. Hmm.
Ben Franklin penned these convicting words in his autobiography: There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”
Dr. Franklin nailed it. Pride stealthily slips into our hearts, only to later surface in our arrogant actions. Someone once astutely observed that “Pride is the only disease that makes everyone else sick, but the one has it.”
Why not join us this Sunday as we probe this all-too-common problem in our next sermon from Jesus’ Parables, “The Parable of the Proud Pharisee?”

Sermon Synopsis for 10/9: “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”

In some instances, “familiarity does breed contempt.” But in other situations, it can actually breed error. A case in point is the very familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. Most who have heard it would tell you that its primary point is our invitation, yours and mine, to help out others in need. Should we? Absolutely. And is there a strong reminder to do so even to those we don’t know personally? You bet. But helping the hurting is not the fundamental message of this parable.
Want to discover what is? Well, you can always go back and reread the biblical text in its context and not through the refractive lenses of “what I’ve always been told.” (Luke 10-37). I believe the central message will rise like cream to the top. OR, you could come out this Sunday morning and study along with us as we continue our fall sermon series on the “Parables of Jesus.”


Sermon Synopsis for 9/25: “The Parable of the Prodigal Son “


One of the most familiar of all of Jesus’ Parables goes by the wrong title. It’s commonly referred to by whom most presume is the main character; and a cursory reading of it leads to this conclusion. But just because a person consumes most of the narrative doesn’t necessarily mean he serves to trumpet its principal truth.

The parable could be titled on account of the most attractive feature, which is another of the key characters, “The Forgiving Father.Or better, it should be titled on account of Jesus’ targeted audience, the Pharisees; thus, “The Stewing Sibling.”
Want to learn more about why the wrong title steers us away from gleaning the point of the parable? Come and hear this Sunday as we study “The Parable of The Prodigal Son.”