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TakeAway:  And you drove miles  to a church to hear this  preached?  preached

Yikes! And that  church spends   money to  put this on  a website?  

What to do to improve?  

 Issue:  A man leaves his wife for another woman after having cared for his wife for  the last several years.  His wife has  Alzheimer’s.  

Alzheimer's
A man leaves his wife who has Alzheimer’s

 What do you say about this?  Has the man betrayed his vows?  Or is he meeting his needs?  

 Based on 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25,  the sermon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos  August 21, 2016  is   about the Greek  world view versus the Hebrew world view. And how these two world  views — Greek and Hebrew — collide today, both  personally and politically.

 The Greek  world  view:  The Rev.  Anne Mcanelly quotes from a book by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Committed: A Love Story p. 250 (on Amazon for $16.09 or Kindle for $11.99)

that  “the Greeks gave us all our notions about democracy, equality, personal liberty, individualism ….   and what we might call multiculturalism…”

The Hebrew world view:  “And then there is the world view of the Hebrews … including the ancient world view that is all about tribalism, faith, obedience and respect.  This way of thinking is clannish,   patriarchal, authoritarian, moralistic, ritualistic and suspicious of outsiders….   The collective is always more important than the individual, morality is more important than happiness and vows are inviolable”  (pg. 251 Unbreakable)

The preacher then asks, Which are you — are you finding yourself more in the Greek camp,

which are you
Which are you?  More in the Greek god camp …

or  are you more attuned to the Hebrew way of thinking?

Hebrew God
or  more in the Hebrew God camp?

To cover all bases she says, “Of course there is no right or wrong preference and when we understand how we see the world and maybe how our close  relatives do as well, we might discover some insight how to get along better….”

The Rev.  goes on to say, “A friend of mine told me about a family crises.  Her father-in-law is leaving his wife for another woman….  the twist in the story is that the wife has Alzheimer and the man cared for his wife for severeal years but now has started dating someone else.

My friend felt betrayed… I reminded her that its his very Greek way of thinking he is simply looking out for himself. He is placing personal needs ahead of loyalty and faithfulness and that is not sitting very well with my friend.  Now most of us would expect the husband to be loyal, but what is at issue is the world view more than moral fiber.”

“This Greek/ Hebrew dichotomy can also played  out in the political realm, where  some see every decision only in the way it would affect them — a very Greek way of thinking.  While others see a more holistic , community and ask what might be be better for all concerned, thereby favoring the Hebrew way….”

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Aptos Psychologist:  Many sermons — including this one — just don’t ‘work’.    As many sermons do, this sermon sets up a false  this or that dichotomy (Greek versus Hebrew world view ).  In reality, many people  in the pews know that they are both …  and more.  Ho, hum. Snooze time……

Maybe what some  Christian churches — for sure this one —  needs is a FeedBack form for pew sitters.  Let people comment right then and there as to what they heard and how helpful/ useful it is.

As  part of the church bulletin on the back page put:   Comments?  On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 = Low and 5 = High   And 3 = ???    What did I TakeAway from this sermon that I will/ can use? Encourage people to tear off the Comments? and put them in the basket along with their money.

As for Aptos Psychologist,  for this sermon I would rate it a 3  — ????  Not horrible. But not useful.

Gilbert’s description of the Hebrew God as “clannish, suspicious, patriarchal…”  (quoted in the sermon)  seems similar to that as portrayed in  A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman who Inflamed  the Muslim World Speaks Out …  by  Wafa Sultan   That book IS worth reading.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos, CA  www.aptospresbytermianchurch.org lists a contact number 831 688-4211 and an email   to reach the Office.

Located at 9850 Monroe Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003

Sundays:  9:00 AM for adult education and 10:30 for worship.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

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