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Proper 24 C 2013 - The Lost

Proper 24 C 2013 - The Lost

Sermon by Stuart PikePhoto Credit: Ambersky235 on Flickr.comThe story from St. Luke’s Gospel is another example of Jesus turning everything upside down. The first shall be last and the last shall be first and those who are far off will be near and those who are near (or think they are) will be far off. As usual, the Pharisees and Scribes are up to their usual antics. The tax collectors and sinners are crowding each other to try to get near to Jesus and the supposedly religiously upright are standing off making snide comments and complaining that Jesus actually welcomes sinners and eats with them!Tony Campolo, a sociologist and preacher with a Baptist Church on the East coast of the US, tells the story of a time when he was speaking at a conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because he lives on the East coast, his body was six hours ahead of Hawaiian time. At three o-clock in the morning it felt like nine o-clock to him. Awake and hungry for breakfast, he found himself in a "greasy spoon