SERMON TITLE: “A Summer Road Trip: A Highway to Understanding”
SERMON TEXT: Acts: 8:26-40
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: August 23, 2020, at First UMC
Every once in a while when I’m watching TV, I hear a quick little advertisement from Steadman’s Recreation in Tooele. Speaking mostly to the Salt Lake City population, the pitch man says, “You may think it’s 300 miles out here, but it’s only 30 miles back.”
That line elicits a chuckle out of me every time I hear it. For all of us who have ever lived outside of a big city, we can relate, right? Those who live and work inside the city almost always think the road is shorter going toward them than it is coming toward us. So it helps every once in a while for someone to point out the reality. The road really does go both ways, and the road really is the same length, whichever direction you’re headed. Hopefully, the Steadman advertisement’s humor helps with the understanding.
During this month of August, we’ve been taking some summer road trips through the Bible. Since the pandemic has limited our actual travel, we’ve been checking out the scenery along some scriptural roadways. So far, the prophet Isaiah guided us along a highway to hope, Ruth and Naomi led us on a highway to home, and the Good Samaritan showed us a highway to service. Today, I invite you to join me on a journey along “A Highway to Understanding.”