Two Great Sermons


Senator Bernie Sanders

I write about what interests me.  The church, its preachers and sermons and its children, plus the good of nation and world all interest me.

The SamHedrin,  informal group of retired churchmen, began a recent meeting with an enthusiastic discussion of the speech delivered by Bernie Sanders to the students of Liberty University. Some of the preachers in the SamHedrin called it a sermon.

I had heard part of the speech before the SamHedrin event, but now I wanted to hear the whole of it. After hearing it I wished that everyone could hear this masterful indictment of the injustices that are taking place in american society and around the world. So if you have not yet heard it and want to hear it in its entirety, click here.

Sander’s speech may rightly be called a sermon because it was delivered to students in a religious university and had a “text” from the prophet Amos of the Old Testament.

ShineIn the second half of its meeting the SamHedrin  discussed a second sermon delivered this time by a pastor in a church.  The preachers at the College Mennonite Church are loosely following the Shine Curriculum for children.  So when the children studied the book of Joshua, Senior Pastor Phil Waite preached a sermon from that book.

(For an introduction to the Shine Curriculum for children and it’s “Why” curriculum for youth click here.)


Phil Waite

I didn’t know very much about the Shine Curriculum when I pondered my way through this post.  But here I am, 89 years old, and fascinated by what our children and youth are being taught.  I like the idea that the curriculum dwells more on direction than destination.

The men of the Sam-hedrim who had heard the sermon were generally pleased.  One respected former pastor and bishop said that finally he had heard a preacher dare to preach a sermon based on what he had learned in seminary.   To hear that sermon click here and, if you wish , skip 40 minutes into the service for Phil’s introduction.

One retiree suggested that preachers can’t be trusted to preach what they know, and truly believe.  Might it be true that today’s preachers are hindered by the salaries they receive from their congregations?  I felt a spirit of gratitude, satisfaction and peace settle  over the approximately thirty churchmen because they are retired and free to be themselves

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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