Occasionally, I’m asked to lead the services and give the sermon at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Here is my sermon from 8/1/2010:
For me, the best part about being asked to give a sermon is that, during the study to prepare for the sermon, I learn SO much. The first thing I always learn is that I don’t know very much! I have never read the entire Bible, and I’ve never studied its contents at length, so this gives me a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about my faith.
One of the many things I learned this week that King Solomon, in his old age, likely wrote Ecclesiastes about his frustrations with life; he also wrote Proverbs from his wisdom in his middle years; and he wrote Song of Solomon about the love of his youth – from the woman’s point of view. According to 1st Kings, Solomon wrote 1005 songs – the Song of Solomon might have just been one of them. Solomon is also said to have had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Times have certainly changed; who could afford that.
For Colossians, I learned that most people attribute the writing of the Book to Paul although there are suspicions and arguments that it wasn’t written during his lifetime. Scholars say it uses a different literary style and words that are not found in any of the other of the undisputed books of Paul.
I learned that the writer of Luke may have been a traveling companion of Paul, and he is also credited with writing the book of Acts.
I learned many other things including a reminder of the fact that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the Hebrew language of the time only had 22 consonants – no vowels.