A Family Affair

**The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man ... the darnel, the subjects of the evil one ... the enemy who sowed them, the devil** (Matthew 13:37-38).

Matthew 13:37-38
Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalms 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43

Sermon Topic


One Sunday afternoon, a Washington, D.C. pastor received a telephone call from a woman parishioner. “I heard you preach this morning and I thought the sermon was fine,” she said, “but I object to your use of masculine pronouns every time you refer to God. It’s always ‘He’ or ‘Him,’ never ‘She or Her’.” And for many weeks thereafter, the woman called to register the same complaint. Until one Sunday morning, the pastor preached a sermon on the devil. And it was “he” … “him” … “his” all the way through. And there was no telephone protest that day.

Speaking of the devil …

There was a young seminarian who was taking a pre-ordination oral examination. During the questioning, one of the examiners asked him if he believed in a personal devil. “No,” he replied, “I do not believe in the devil.” Hearing this, the examiners began to discuss the seminarian’s fitness for ordination. They were on the verge of disqualifying him when one of…

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