I have been watching this new Pope with great enthusiasm. Starting by paying is hotel bill, refusing the Popemobile, staying out of the Vatican penthouse, and then this Thursday washing the feet of inmates on Maundy Thursday, even this dyed in the wool protestant is taking notice.
I’ve used this one at every church I’ve served. It’s really hard to reclaim the surprise of the empty tomb when everyone knows the story so well. This method uses an egg to build the tension and make the point.
It was Mother’s day 2011, I had a 102 degree fever, the scripture was Peter being offered unclean food (Acts 10:1-33), and the sermon was about pornography. Needless to say it was a memorable Sunday.
The crux of the message was that God calls us to uncomfortable places, and we are called to go and offer love and grace. Even to people we don’t want to offer love to. Even to people we think don’t deserve love. Even if it goes against everything we were raised to believe.
A few years ago I attended a conference and heard Shane Hipps give this talk in person. And look, now you can hear it for free!
If you are a leader in the church today, watch, it’s worth your time [27 minutes to be exact].