Conclusion – Sermon 10


The Old Fool concludes his sermon on an autobiographical note:  The congregation of his childhood was progressive for its time.  About 75-80 years ago it welcomed a men’s quartet from Eastern Mennonite School (University) to sing in a special service. Doing this broke the rule that singing be by the congregation only. The auditorium was packed. 

This little boy sat on the front row literally at the feet of the quartet and heard the bass runs to “Amid life’s busy, hurrying throng . . . I want my life to tell for Jesus.”  The song left a lasting impression on him.  He determined that his life should make a difference for Jesus.  Follow Jesus, and your life will make a difference. Amen! 

What result of his preaching will satisfy the Old Fool?  In his introduction he described the church as a declining congregation whose faith was mired in the dogmas of the sixteenth century, diluted with a blend of popular conservatism, and tempted to believe the prosperity gospel they hear on television and radio.  

Now The Old Fool is pleased that the congregation has heard his message and is talking across the generations.  He will be satisfied if everyone is less judgmental, less gullible, more open to innovation, released by the Bible passages that bound them, and is filled with light, hope and good will.

And finally The Old Fool hopes his posts will be received as love letters.  He is willing to explore faith, life, and politics with mutual good will.  He hopes the website will be shared with neighbors, friends, relatives, work partners, pastors, teachers and others.

The next post will suggest a way to teach Genesis 1 and 2 to children

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Conclusion – Sermon 10

  1. Carl Metzler says:

    I intended to comment on several of the ‘Sermon’ blogs, but didn’t get around to it, and Martin writes so much that here it is – the last one already. When Martin announced the ‘Sermon’ series I looked forward to them, for over the years – through conversation, his postings on MennoLink and MennoNeighbors, and his history of Mennonites in the Southeast – I have learned to appreciate the wisdom of “The Old Fool”. I appreciate Martin’s insistence in Part 4 on the Truth in the myths of the Old and New Testaments. In Part 3 he spoke of the growth that comes from reading the Bible “… seriously, but not TOO seriously”. And in Part 6 he described the Grand Story of the appearance of Jesus that is so grand it can only be told with myths.

  2. One way to keep up with the old fool is to subscribe to the weekly highlights. The subscriber gets one reminder a week of what has been posted recently and has the opportunity to pick and choose. I’ve been told that selecting according to category is also helpful. Click link to subscribe:

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