Out of His Mind

Sermon Text:  Mark 3:20-35

I graduated college with a degree in theology in 1997. The problem with that was I moved to Ohio in 1996. I had not quite finished the honors portion of my degree when I left so it was a year later that I graduated. My college was small and the graduation was held in an old church in Glasgow. I was not there. However my mother was.  I was the first person in my family to get a college degree; I come from a line of coal miners and engineers. So my mother got all dressed up and traveled off to Glasgow to attend the ceremony and see me graduate. She sent me this picture. I know you can’t really see it but there is someone stepping off the stage, and someone getting ready to step on. The stage is empty. When she sent it to me, my mum wrote on the back of the picture “the moment they read out your name.” This is the moment I graduated. So she dressed up and drove over an hour to hear my name being read out. At the time I thought “You are nuts.” But it wasn’t over there. She saw all these graduates getting their pictures taken with their diplomas and in their robes, and she complained to me on telephone that I was the first one to get a college education and she did not have a picture. So I had a friend from summer camp who was graduating from Northern Kentucky University at the same time and had his gown ready. I borrowed it, rolled up a piece of yellow paper and headed off to Sears, paid $8 for the basic package and sent off the 8x10 to my mum. This picture still sits in her living room to this day. At least it is brought out when I visit. Again, at the time I thought my mum was crazy, but then I became a parent...Read full sermon here (PDF)