In preparation for preaching on Sunday, I keep coming back to Edwin Markham’s (1852-1940) poem, “Outwitted”:
He drew a circle that shut me out —
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
Our scripture reading for this Sunday offers an account of the Council at Jerusalem, a time when the Pharisees and Paul and Barnabas wrestled with whether or not circumcision was necessary for salvation. (In the Jewish tradition, male circumcision marks the covenant commitment between God and the Hebrew people.)
Join us on Sunday, as we explore the age old tradition of “is not” . . . “is too,” wrestling over theology and tradition. How do we know who’s in and who’s out when it comes to the Kingdom of God?
- Focal Scripture – Acts 15: 1-18
- Sermon Title – “Testing, Testing . . . 1, 2, 3”
I look forward to sharing in worship with you,