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The Story of God: Urgency

Matthew 25:1-13, NRSV


I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heart-break, and love. And mother. And God.

— Johnny Cash

  • Parables are for us to think
  • We could be doing a lot of religious rituals, bypassing the heart
  • This parable is threatening, parable of judgement
  • v8-10: You can’t borrow intentionality
  • You can’t live off your spouse’s spirituality
  • v10: You can be too late for readiness, because God is just
  • God is both Love and Justice
  • There is urgency
  • We can get sleepy, because there are things in life we don’t want to deal with
  • It could be addiction
  • v13: Do not get sleepy with spirituality

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