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