I didn’t want to do it.
I didn’t want to preach “The Person Who Went to Seminary Sermon.”
This is a sermon I’m sure you all have heard before, maybe from me and I didn’t know it.
This is the sermon with fancy words like “soteriology” and “the eschaton” in which the preacher just has to show off the fantastic theological concepts she has learned and is sure are very, very relevant to everyone if she could just make them see it.
This is the sermon that sounds vaguely like a term paper and might even have footnotes and definitely drops names like Karl Barth.
The eager preacher rushes on earnestly, unaware of the glaze creeping over the faces of the congregation as they stop trying to care about hypostatic union of three persons in one godhead.
Well, like I said, I didn’t want to give that sermon but I think there must be some kind of law that everyone does it at some point.
But I don’t think you’ll find it boring because I think some of you may find it a little controversial.
This is not a dull theological concept, it’s an innovation in prayer that I found quite shocking myself the first time I heard it.
No doubt some of you are already very comfortable with it and others of you will leave here today thinking it’s a load of junk, but I hope many of you are like me—skeptical but willing to hear it out.
I knew that today was the day I must talk about it of all days.
Today I’m going to talk about taking prayer to God the Father and adding to it something new: prayer to God our Mother. Continue reading