Saturday, August 8, 2015
A friend asked if I would preside at his funeral.
Then he asked if I would do it before he died so he could hear it.
While I have not answered yet, it caused me to think a lot about my funeral.
Sooooooo I've decided what you can hear in the next section will suffice when everyone returns from the cemetery but me.
Looking for some excuse at my expense why she doesn't worship Jesus who died for her salvation, a woman said she doesn't worship on the corner of Lincoln and Main because I talk too much about myself in messages.
I know she's lying; because I only talk about myself as a bad example or with self-deprecating humor to empathize with shared humanity.
Of course, she may be one of those religious idolaters who's looking for a poser pretending to be better than others and not willing to be so transparent and vulnerable and...authentic.
Or she just may really not like me in a personal kinda way - It happens! - and can't reconcile that with the love that Jesus taught/demands; sooooooo she makes up stuff to...
Yeah, even this KD will feed her charges of narcissism.
Buuuuuuut unless you're as shallow as she is, you know I just use personal examples/illustrations/instances/inspirations/indigestions/whatevers to make points that I pray will help folks get closer to Him.
Besides, as Phillips Brooks used to say, "Preaching...[gospeling]...is truth through personality."
Really, nobody cares what Cyril of Jerusalem said...or even John Calvin or Karl Barth; though Luther had some juicy tidbits in Table Talk and today's televangelists make good script for SNL.
People who need Jesus as Lord and Savior want to know what you know Jesus can do for everyone because He's done it for you!
It's a personal relationship with the Almighty God made personal by a personal relationship with Him by grace through faith in Jesus.
Buuuuuuut if you wanna be like most religious churchgoers with an impersonal and inefficacious...just chalk me up to narcissism, blow me off, and...
Yeeeeeet remember this.
Someday everybody is gonna return from the cemetery but you.
It's gonna be very personal.
Blessings and Love!