“Things Happen Around Wells” (John 4) is a sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Shively Smith at Foundry United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 2, 2017. A PDF version of the manuscript is available on Foundry’s website here. The sermon explores the encounter between the Samaritan Woman and Jesus around the well as a moment that resets social convention and shifts the texture of theological proclamation and transformation.
First, let me share my thanks with the leaders of this church. To the senior pastor, Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, and executive pastor, Rev. Dawn Hand, I am grateful for their warm invitation and for the hospitality extended. I am always thankful for [...]