Sermon of October 23th–Hanging Out the Wash

Matthew 22:34-40:

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 37He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

This week’s sermon has a long pedigree.  The main image of hanging out the wash came to me as far back as seminary in about 1996 or so.  The opening story about Dornbush Street in Homewood happened to me this past week.  Some of the other verbal images I’ve gathered from talking with my friends in the Emergent and Missional Church movement.

The sermon is here:    Hanging Out the Wash