Words are significant. They are part of what makes us human. They enable our thinking and thus allow ideas and realities from outside us to be birthed within us. Yet talk can be cheap, too. The words “I love you” mean little without some tangible correspondent to make an abstract concept concrete. St Paul wrote that the Kingdom of God does not consist in talk, but in power. You can say all you want, but if there is nothing to back them up, then they are little more than hot air. So even the Word of God did not remain a bare proclamation, but took on flesh and walked with and among us. Our witness to the world must do the same. Ministry must be meaty, it must have skin on it to truly be in the game of transforming the world.
This sermon was given on Sunday, December 29, 2019.