What Philadelphia Looks Like

Written by Joel on August 31st, 2010

Aug 29, 2010
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

(My replacement recorder arrived! Alas, I am still working on some technical difficulties, and I hope to have the scratchiness fixed for the following week’s sermon)

We remember the 47th anniversary of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. If you have not heard it in it’s entirety, I commend it to you.


Opening: Joke about Philadelphia

Hebrews 13:1-3 (read again for recall).

Philadelphia – family-like love. “Brotherly love” – do any of you have brothers? Growing up can be less than loving.

Lot – entertaining angels

Verse 2, KJV “Some have entertained angels unawares.” of our Hebrews text most likely refers to Lot in Gen19. After Lot separated from Abraham, he lived in Sodom. Lot was the only righteous man living there and he showed hospitality to the two angels which God sent to examine the town. The two angels stayed with Lot after he persisted, and he made dinner for them. Just before they went to sleep, the men of the town surrounded Lot’s house and demanded that the guests come out so that the towns people could rape Lot’s guests! Lot wouldn’t allow it, instead offering his own daughters to the town instead of dishonoring his commitment to show hospitality to his guests. The towns people nearly broke the door down. The towns people pressed in on Lot and started to fight and then the angels grabbed lot and pulled him back into the house. The angels struck the towns people with blindness and helped Lot escape with his family. Lot and his two daughters were spared.

To be Bound with

To be tortured as you are of the same body.

MLK 47th anniversary of “I have a dream speech” this weekend.- first started as the Montgomery bus boycott. This is an example of people suffering for one another, bound as others are bound, in family love.

Closing: Therefore, given that we have our hope by our faith in Jesus Christ; let family love continue among. When one is bound we are all bound, when one suffers we as a whole body suffers. In faith and love we are bound.


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