“Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah. The sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth.” A week ago Thursday, the members of the Disciple 4 Bible study group sat down, and read that list of names in opening verses of chapter one of the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles. For the next nine chapters, they then read genealogical lists of additional names, one after another, as the writer of 1 Chronicles “chronicled” the lineage of the Israelites from Adam all the way to King Solomon.
A new pastor stepped into the pulpit at Passive United Methodist Church on July 1st, and preached her first sermon. The people loved it. It laid out the gospel clearly. It had humor. It was easy to understand. And in closing, it called on the people to do the work that is necessary to fulfill that church’s purpose statement to “introduce people to Jesus Christ, help them become faithful followers of Him, and equip them to share His love with others.” On July 8th, the pastor stepped into the pulpit at Passive United Methodist Church, and preached the exact same sermon. While many people enjoyed the message because it was just as good the second time around, a few people complained that the pastor had not written a new sermon. Some people defended her, saying “well maybe she’s still unpacking. Giver her time to settle in.”