Monthly Archives: June 2008

The World’s Greatest Talk

The Doing Knowing Gap

Text: Matthew 7:24-27

Date: 20th May 2008

A few things in here:

1. A phenomena in business, where companies know what it is that they need to do, possess the skills, but still fail to do it, and the ironic observation “that this never happens in humans”.

2. The the two most important parts of a sermon are the beginning and the end, but which of the two is it that preachers spend the most time on.

3. Illustrations about the difference between knowing a thing (like not to worry, and not to lust, and loving your enemies) and doing it.

4. The whole Dallas Willard thing about this being the rule of God amongst us. A strong retelling of the Divine Conspiracy here. The interpretation of the Sermon, that this is what life is like for those ruled by the kingdom of the here.

5. A nice quote from Rabbi Nathanael (25:25)

“Whoever studies Torah and does good works may be likened to one who lays the foundation of stones and bricks that rising water cannot overturn”

Ortberg notes that Jesus says something no Rabbi would ever say, not “the one who builds on Torah”, but the “one who builds on my words,”


Life And Work


  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Ferguson, Ron
  Quote Ron Ferguson tells the following:

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. I ran over and said: “Stop, don’t do it.”

“Why shouldn’t I?” he asked

“Well, there’s too much to live for!”

“Like what?”

“Are you religious?”


I said, “Me too, are you Christian or Buddhist?”

“Me too!, Are you catholic or Protestant?”

“Me too, are you episcopalian or presbyterian”

“Me too, are you Church of Scotland, or Free Church or Associated Presbyterian Church”
“Church of Scotland”

“Me too. Do you come from the UP or UF tradition?”

“Auld licht or New licht?”
“Auld licht”

I said, “Die heretic scum.”

Jewish grandmother

  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Ron Ferguson
  Quote A Jewish grandmother was watching her granchild playing on the beach when a huge wave came and took him out to sea. She pleaded “Please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, bring him back.” A big wave came and washed the boy back onto the beach, good as new. She looked up to heaven and said with a scowl “He had a hat.”

Christians and money

  Key Words  
  Source Life and work
  Source Author Ferguson, Ron
  Quote The strongman at a circus squeezed the juice from a lemon between his hands. He then said to the audience, “I will offer £200 to anyone who can squeeze another drop from this lemon.”

A thin scholarly looking woman came forward, picked up the lemon,strained hard and managed to get a drop. The strongman was amazed. He paid the woman and asked, “What is the secret of your strength?”

“Practice” she answered “I’m the treasurer of a Church of Scotland congregation.”


There was a farmer who lived alone in the Irish countryside, alone except for a pet dog he loved dearly.

On day the dog died and the farmer went to the parish priest, inquiring if a mass could be said for the dead pet.

Father Patrick told the farmer, “No, we can’t have services for an animal in the church, but I’ll tell you what, there’s a new denomination down the road, and maybe they’ll do something for the animal.”

The farmer said “Thanks. I’ll go right away. By the way, do you think £50,0000 is enough to donate for such a service?”
To which Father Patrick replied “Why didn’t you tell me the dog was a Catholic?”

  References Treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21)
Treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20)

Sex and faith

  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Ferguson, Ron
  Quote A minister decided to try something a little different one Sunday morning. He said “Today, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind.”

The minister shouted out “Cross”
Immediately the congregation started singing “The Old Rugged Cross”

The preacher hollered out “Grace”
The congregation began to sing “Amazing Grace”

The minister said “Power”
The congregation sang “There is power in the blood.”

Then the minister said “Sex.”
The congregation fell into total silence. Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other, afraid to say anything. Then all of a sudden, from in the back of the Church, a little 87 year old grandmother stood up and began to sing “Precious Memories.”

He came to us

  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Simpson, James
  Location September 2007
  Quote From Albert Schweitzer
“He comes to us as one unknown, without a name, as of old by the lakeside, He came to those who new Him not. He speaks to us the same word, “Follow thou Me” and sets us to the tasks which he has to fulfill for our time. He commands and to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils and conflicts which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and as an ineffable mystery they shall learn in their own experience who He is.”

Christians and money

  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Bain, Simon
  Location November 2007
  Quote According to the Christian Guide “Your Money Counts”, 16 of the 38 parables in the New Testament are about how to handle money and possessions.

The Bible has fewer than 1000 verses on faith and prayer and 2,350 on money.

This guide comes from Crown Financial Ministries.

Community breakdown

  Key Words  
  Source Life and Work
  Source Author Wilson, Peter
  Location November 2007
  Quote Peter Wilson, chief constable of Fife constabulary comments that there is increased demand on policing, and that despite higher numbers of police officers, there is more work for them to do:
“One of the challenges is that demand is increasing. Society is working less collectively together and there is far less tolerance in communities. People are far more inclined to call us out, when in the past, people would know each other and matters would be sorted out locally.”