On Starts and Finishes

The first assignment: Prepare an "intriguing opening sentence" and a "challenging closing sentence."

"It is a credit to you, if being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly" - I Peter 2:20b

If Nietzsche is right in saying "that which doesn't kill you, makes you stronger," this community must be really, really strong right now - or dead.

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We can enter the world’s suffering as we strive to do the next right thing because we are already assured of the consequences – through Christ’s death on the cross, our sins have already been forgiven and we are, indeed, saved!

The second assignment: Take your opening and closing phrases and write them up into a sermon not more than three pages in length.

Lesson 1: always assume assignment 2 will follow assignment 1.

Lesson 2: stop procrastinating and get to work (it is due tomorrow!)