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March 31, 2012, 8:38 PM

Some Second Thoughts?

A friend of mine once said that he was having doubts about whether or not to publish a certain article on his Facebook page.  He said, when in doubt, don't!  But he did anyway.  I have been having the same thoughts about the platform for my sermon tomorrow.  The sermon is using Homer Simpson's famous cry of despair, "D'oh!" to drive home a point about the Christian walk.  My subject tomorrow is Peter and his fearless proclamation that Jesus is the Christ!  However, he follows that pinnacle moment with some pretty regret-able "D'oh!"s.

Here's the rub.  Is using an expression from popular culture to illustrate a point in a sermon acceptable?  Is it making a mockery of the pulpit and God's Word?  I'm even using a video clip -- which I will refer to from now on as a video "blip" -- to drive home the point.  Peter and Homer?

No need to tell you, there are many times that I feel like Homer!  Just as thick skulled.  Making the same stupid mistakes.  Feeling like I'm never going to arrive as a mature Christian.  Do you ever feel like that?  Do you ever want to cry out in despair, "D'oh!"?  Does it encourage you that Peter did the same kind of things?

Alright.  Forgive me in advance for using the illustration and bringing Homer into our worship service tomorrow. 

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