|About the Book|
Jesus spoke to people whose hearts have grown dull, and their ears hard of hearing -- like todays churchgoers who think they know what the preacher is going to say before the sermon begins. These sermons use parable and paradox, narrative andMoreJesus spoke to people whose hearts have grown dull, and their ears hard of hearing -- like todays churchgoers who think they know what the preacher is going to say before the sermon begins. These sermons use parable and paradox, narrative and humor, imagination and solid biblical scholarship to tell the good news people dont expect to hear.I hear best what I want to hear and I shut out the things I dont want to hear. I hear, Great sermon, Pastor! better than I hear, I notice your hair is getting thinner... I have no problem at all hearing the good news that I am forgiven. I have a really hard time hearing a parable that tells me I will suffer the tortures of the damned until I forgive. These sermons have been influenced by preachers who have gotten through to me despite my spiritual hearing impairment. Craddock, Buechner, and Lowry... David Buttrick... Harry Emerson Fosdick... (from authors Preface)Sermons in this book are based on lections for the middle third of the season after Pentecost.Sermon titles include:Prayer and Compassion Fatigue -- Matthew 14:13-21Love Without Limits -- Matthew 15:10-28Good News: Life Is Not Fair -- Matthew 20:1-16Why Do We Ignore Warning Signs? -- Matthew 21:33-46Roger Talbott is pastor of North Olmsted United Methodist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio. He has served congregations in Ohio and western New York. He earned his M.Div. degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and is currently enrolled in the D.Min. program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.