The problems with personal testimonies and how the Holy Spirit overcomes them

As a casual hobby writer and a laymen, I don’t typically post links to the sermons I deliver occasionally at church. However, I got a lot of positive responses to this one and in the absence of a manuscript (I’ve been trying to preach from minimal notes lately), I’ve decided to post a link to the recording here for the handful of those who might be interested.

The outline is as follows:

  • Acts 26 – Paul’s 3rd telling of his conversion
  • Why personal conversion stories?
  • Ways God is being made known to men
  • Ways God does NOT make himself known
  • The richness and diversity of testimonies
  • The PROBLEM with testimonies (We are hypocrites, liars, idiots, poor communicators, and poor listeners.)
  • The double-edged sword of post-modernism: Personal story unquestionable, but immediately dismissible
  • Whom can you trust?
  • “Of the Unworthiness of the Ministers, which hinders not the effect of the Sacrament”
  • The Good News for those burned by the church.
  • Jesus and the Holy Spirit overcome the shortcomings and problems with testimonies