One Of The Best Sermons Ever

This may be one of the best ever Sunday sermons. The Voice didn’t go to seminary, maybe a good thing. Never served a church or synagogue. But, in terms of friendship, wisdom and courage he is the best.

I’ve known Sam Smith [a plain name with incredible wisdom and courage] since 1991 when I served a church in a Chicago suburb. Sam is a sportswriter, at the time he covered the National Basketball Association, primarily the Chicago Bulls. I loved what he wrote…he had incredible courage, wrote a book that shredded the illusion that Michael Jordan was pushing perfection. The locker room shattered that.

Had Sam talk at our church on the ethics of professional athletes. He was terrific. Our friendship was born, a wonderful blessing from God.

Today Sam wrote in response to some recent blogs, blogs that refuse the tip-toe dance around the swamp building in Washington, D.C. I wish, oh I wish he were not correct! I wish what Sam writes is fancy. I believe there’s nothing fanciful about it. I so admire him. Now retired he continues to write, his latest book on the on NBA history and the struggle for economic and racial and labor justice.

He’s given permission to share his thoughts from today. My admission [make that a confession], dosed heavily with the syrup of embarrassment, is the church brings little if any value to our human journey. Sure, it’s easy for me to write this. But. It’s not that I am unaware of current church leadership and the ways in which their walk is almost always stranger to their talk.

Go, Sam!!

“Thanks for your work and your conscience
What I appreciate most is a sane voice from the church community
I’ve been at a loss at how not only the evangelical world but America’s church people can remain so silent in the direct assault on morality, ethics and everything in the teachings of Jesus Christ

I’m not an acolyte, but these basics of not only our constitutional government but our ethical way of life are under assault and the agency that believes it can speak privately for the best of the human condition remains silent
Pastors should be condemning this attack on our beliefs regularly
Where’s the moral soul?

I prefer the secular, but you can endorse the same traits

The presidency is not supposed to lead events but present a moral and ethical and not hypocritical model of leadership for our country
That’s why we picked Washington
He was no genius But he could be trusted as the model we wanted to be

That’s where America’s standing in the world comes from
He regularly visited synagogues when he saw them under siege
Jefferson read the Koran His personal one

The hypocrisy of the evangelical movement of what I can get to benefit me is an embarrassment and a tragedy
They’re the NCAA of religion

But where are guidepost, the church leaders to condemn this ugliness and hatred and moral decay

It’s my Sunday sermon “

AMEN, Sam, may the Shalom of Jahweh ever be with you!


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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