serving up a bit of humble pie
A solid sermon from Dave this morning on a huge topic (humility), and arguably, the classic passage on that topic (Philippians 2:1-18). A few nuggets...
-Wheat that stands straight looks the most impressive, but is able to stand straight because it has the smallest head and the least grain. Wheat that bends low yields the most fruit.
-A story I've heard previously about "the greatest" (Muhammad Ali): asked to put on his seatbelt by a stewardess, Ali replied "Superman don't need no seatbelt". The stewardess' retort: "Superman don't need no plane either. Put on your seatbelt." In contrast, "The Greatest"-- and true greatness-- are defined/modeled by Christ in 2:5-8.
-After discussing 2:11's "every knee will bow...", Dave recounted a great C.S. Lewis quote. Paraphrasing (I think from The Great Divorce), in encouraging people to kneel now, Lewis said that people will "get no credit for kneeling when it has become impossible to stand".
-Dave noted that Bob Russell will "guest" preach next week. But Dave had asked Bob to preach this week, given the topic. I, too, cannot imagine a better choice. As I've often said, I'm neither as great nor as humble as Bob is.