Posted by Rev. David Rodriguez on August 31, 2018
One of my favorite movies is, “Fiddler on the Roof”. The movie is set in a Jewish community in Russia during the early 1900’s. In one scene, the villagers ask their elderly rabbi a question. “Rabbi, is there a blessing for the Czar?” To which the rabbi responds, “May the Lord bless and keep the Czar. Far away from us.”
When I first told my friends that God was calling me to be a pastor, one of them asked me, “Is there a blessing for the Czar?” He was making the point that I had better be ready to answer questions from folks in my congregation. All sorts of questions.
I was ordained as a pastor in the PCUSA on July 15, 1984. Ever since then, people have asked me questions about God, faith, politics, music, books, funerals, weddings, and just about everything else. Except cooking. Nobody has ever asked me a question about cooking.
For the next few weeks of September, I’ll be preaching about some of the questions I am asked most often. Such as:
❖ “Does my work matter?”❖ “How do I know if I have eternal life?”❖ “Why do bad things happen to good people?”❖ “How do you know the will of God?”❖ “Does God love me?”
If you have other questions that you’d like to have me preach about, just let me know. Maybe we’ll keep this series of sermons going longer than September. But please, no cooking questions. There is a reason folks have never asked me about that.
In Christ, Pastor David
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