Sermon Crumbs: “It’s a story that’s been repeated, with variations, over and over through the centuries.  Sin stories, after a while, tend to sound pretty much alike: virtually all sins ring changes on the theme of wanting to be gods ourselves, taking charge of our own lives, asserting control over the lives of others.  Since there are only a finite number of ways to do this, no one of us reading this story has any difficulty finding himself or herself in it.  Nor does finding ourselves in this story, whether in fact or imagination, surprise us.  We’re sinners.  The precise details of our sin may not correspond to David’s, but the presence and recurrence of sin does.  The moment we recognize our common sin bond with David, we’re ready for the real surprise here – the gospel story that develops out of the sin story.” -Eugene Peterson, Leap Over a Wall, pg. 184



“Who am I, & who are my people,

that we should be able to give as generously as this?

Everything comes from you,

& we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

(David, 1 Chronicles 29:14)