We have begun our series on Luke 15, about our Prodigal God. In response to the grumbling and muttering of the religious leaders, Jesus tells a story about a sheep that gets lost. The reason sheep get lost is because they are hungry. They wander off looking for food and can’t find their way home. Their drive to satisfy their hunger leads them away from their shepherd, away from the flock, and often into pretty dangerous places.
I told a story about how sheep can get stuck on precipitous ledges eating grass and then fall to their death. (I also called my sister’s tibia a ‘tibula’. This gaff apparently shut down the more medically-savvy congregants. Apologies) There is actual video footage of this phenomenon on youtube. Check it out:
So, we had this video all cued up to play in the middle of the sermon yesterday. I would have cropped it to just the 30 seconds before and after fall. At the last minute, I decided to pass and we didn’t play it. Primarily because it would have been a break to the flow of the sermon and in the interest of time, I could ‘tell’ the video much more efficiently. I didn’t think I would gain more by showing the video than the risk of ‘media transition’ and ‘media malfunction’ merited.
What do you think? Would you have like to have seen this video during the sermon? Do you think I should incorporate more vid clips into sermons? (no guarantee that I will, but we CAN, and I’m curious if you would like it). Throw a comment up here and let me know.
Curious about why Jesus tells a story about hungry sheep in response to grumbling religious leaders? Wondering how your hunger and appetites lead you to dangerous places?