Midrash in the Moment: Money

Jason Micheli —  November 26, 2013 — 1 Comment

IMG_1470Nothing tightens a congregation’s collective sphincter, quite like the subject of money.

Preaching about money and giving and generosity just makes people uncomfortable. This weekend I thought I’d turn the tables; perhaps it should be my turn to be uncomfortable.

And nothing makes me more anxious than preaching without any notes.

So on Friday, I asked people to send me scripture passages about money that they found challenging, confusing, or obscure.

I wrote them down on a spinning wheel and then ll just shot from the hip and thought through the passages as we landed on them at random.

As I mentioned in one of the services, if we were to put every scripture passage that speaks about money onto a spinning wheel like the one above we’d need a wheel that was 233 times bigger than this one.

Each of the 4 sermons were different this weekend; unfortunately, I’ve only got the recording from the 9:45 service.

Here it is. You can also download it in iTunes under ‘Tamed Cynic.’

      1. Midrash-in-the-Moment-J-Micheli-11-24-2013.mp3

 

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One response to Midrash in the Moment: Money

  1. I thought this was one of your best sermons ever, because you came across as extremely knowledgeable *and* extremely genuine. While your words lacked the smoothness of your typical prepared remarks, it was that lack of smoothness that translated into sincerity. It was clear you were speaking from your heart. It worked; thanks for taking a chance and going outside your comfort zone for the benefit of the rest of us.

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