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Jesus is a very disruptive influence: a sermon on Matthew 10:34

We need disruption in our lives. Many of the great historical voices belonged to disruptors i.e. Jesus, the Buddha, Joan of Arc, Mohammed, etc. They chose to speak in ways that shook up the status quo which is always dangerous. Despite the dangers, when we accept disruption, we can look at ourselves in the mirror in a different way.

Grains of Sand

Notes for a sermon for Ashton Hayes for June 22nd 2014

Fresco in the "Visoci Decani" in  Kosovo Fresco in the “Visoci Decani” in Kosovo

Text: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth: I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)

Teachers are busy writing school reports. Here’s Jesus’ report from the autumn term:

  • Resistant materials – A – excellent in woodwork section, and obviously well supported by the help and stimulation he gets at home.
  • Maths – F – Lacks basics. Keeps muttering about “Three in One” and “I and the Father are one”.
  • Graphic communications – D – Prefers to draw with a stick in the sand than to use pencil and paper.
  • Physical Education – D- Jesus has been a troublemaker. He refuses instruction in swimming, and is surprised that he sinks when he tries to walk on the water.
  • Overall – it saddens…

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