Do You Really Believe?


Several years ago I attended the Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta.  I hope to be able to go again sometime soon.  It was an event that truly taught me so much about preaching and about the gift of this calling.  I will never forget hearing the sermon by William Willimon. He was preaching about Pentecost and about the power of the Holy Spirit.  He said, “People of God, you have the Holy Spirit, Look Out!”  Continuing that thought he articulated that we as the church so often don’t believe fully in the power of God and the power of the Spirit at work today.  Pointing to scripture he challenged us, as hearers, to think about our own preaching and living—do we really believe the things we preach?  Do we really believe that God can continue to change lives and change the world?

I thought about that sermon this morning as I read from Psalm 29.  The Psalmist writes, “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;”  This God that we worship is full of power and might- and the word that we have in the Bible is amazing.  Yet so often we don’t live like we believe it.  So often we are comfortable with the status quo and assuming that things are just the way they are and we can’t change them.  But that’s not God.  God is powerful- yes dare I say capable of radically changing live and the world.  We, when God works through us are capable of changing the world.  Of breaking the cedars of oppression, poverty, injustice, hate, and so on.  Do you believe it?  I do.  Remember, you have the Holy Spirit…Look out!



About grimmja

Justin Grimm serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop for Next Generation Ministries in the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. Before this call, he served as a pastor in Lake Ann Michigan at Advent Lutheran Church. After graduating from Luther Seminary in 2005, he was called to start a new congregation in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. After much prayer and thought with his wife, he accepted and the journey has been rich. The source of his life and his energy comes from his bride Anna and his two children Logan and Payton. At the core of who he is, Justin sees each day on this earth as a gift and tries hard (though failing often) to live that promise out. Contact can be made at
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