11 June 2011

Living in a Zombie World

As part of my seminary instruction and preparation for ministry, one of our required classes at Fuller Northwest is Homiletics.  In this preaching course, we are given the opportunity to preach for one another and to hear future pastors in action.  For my second sermon, I chose a passage from Paul's letter to the Ephesians in which he is reminding that fledgling congregation that because they know the hope that is found in Christ Jesus, they are called to act in ways that are different from the dark, tumultuous world around them. 

My love of zombies and Christ come together in my re-interpretation of Paul's message for a new age of listener.  Welcome to the world of a theological zombie student of the Pacific Northwest!  May you be blessed, and challenged, as you listen to this homily.

Here's the main Scripture for this homily:

You must no longer live as the other zombies live!
They rely on the emptiness of their minds.
They are darkened in their understanding,
completely void of the life of God because of their lack of comprehension.

Those zombies have lost all sensitivity.
They have abandoned themselves to every kind of impurity.

That is not the way of life you have seen in Christ!
You were taught to put away your former way of life.

You must fight the old self which is decaying,
and to be renewed in your minds.
You are called to become a new flesh,
wrapped in love and the ways of God[1].

For we are what God has made us.
We have been re-created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which the Spirit of Life breathes into us every day[2].

[1] Ephesians 4:17-24, paraphrased.
[2] Eph. 2:10 – paraphrased.

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