The slinky Gospel

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Why is this simple little toy so hard to put down (except, of course, for this picture)?

I am trying to resist the urge to find a way to work this into a sermon sometime.  But wouldn’t it be fun to have a contest to see who can come up with the most creative way to incorporate a slinky into a sermon.

Hmmm….”Stop it Eric”…

…anyway…when I was in seminary, the on-going joke among my group of friends during my senior year was how to compare Jesus to an armadillo at Christmas time(don’t ask me how that started).

So…if you want to submit an idea (about the armadillo or slinky) I would love to read it 🙂

-edh-

SIDE NOTE:  I know these last couple posts have been a little more light-hearted with little depth, but don’t worthy…I will post some depth soon.

9 thoughts on “The slinky Gospel

  1. I love the idea of getting spiritual lessons based on every day items and event. I had started my blog with that sort of spirit, but I guess I either got lazy or ran out of creativity.

    We had an interim pastor who always did a children’s sermon based on some item that the kids would bring to church. It was called Stump the Pastor. They might bring worn-out-Teddy, or a shovel, or anything they might think of and he would improvise. I loved that. And since he was mostly speaking to 3-7 year olds, with the congregation listening in, he didn’t have to get to deep, but he usually said things that the kids could understand.

  2. I like that children’s sermon idea. It takes some guts to do something like that; not knowing what you will get. But I can see how that would be fun for the congregation. I just might have to keep that idea on the back burner…thank you.

  3. The slinky reminds me of the joke: Why are some people like slinkies? Answer: they are really annoying after a while but still still make you laugh when they fall down a set a stairs…

    OK, maybe you CAN’T use that in a sermon… 🙂

  4. LOL…I like that one…maybe not as a sermon illustration, but it made me laugh. Thanks Art.

  5. A slinky is arguably a “foolish” invention… it serves no useful purpose… it’s just silly and foolish.

    Many think that of the Gospel too… It makes no reasonable sense.

    The Gospel of Christ is just too easy:
    Believe it and it’s yours?
    God gives you the faith required?
    He enables and empowers you to believe?
    You can’t even decide for yourself to believe it? It’s all a gift with no merit required?
    Life is given to us because of a gruesome death?
    etc…

    That all sounds pretty foolish too.

    Nevertheless,
    While a slinky might be foolish… it is kinda fun!
    and
    While the Gospel might sound foolish to us… it is the power of God to give us LIFE!

  6. Betty James (slinky inventors wife) said in 1995 that the slinky was a success because, “It’s the simplicity of it.” Sometimes that is the thing that is most loved, and most disgruntling about Christianity.
    Most religions require you to do lots of things to get into the afterlife, you have to pray so many times a day, give alms, make pilgrimages, meditate, find equilibrium with nature, deprive yourself, follow the eightfold path, and in the end hope you have done enough to appease the gods or spirits, or even your own being so that you can move on. To some this feels good, the complexity of it makes them feel like they are in charge and that their salvation is in their hands, even if they mess it up it is all on them. But the complexity leads to anxiety about one’s eternal standing with so many variables.
    Christianity on the other hand is simple. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9, “8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.” Salvation comes to Christians by grace, it is a gift from God. This simplicity is reassuring in that no matter how bad we mess up God loves us and has already paid our price to win eternal salvation.
    To some the simplicity is troublesome. There is no logic to grace, “really, tell me what I need to do,” they ask. But the truth is there is nothing we can do, Because God has already taken care of it. “It’s the simplicity of it.”

  7. Here’s a children’s sermon outline I just developed with a slinky (applicable to adults to, I think):

    “A Slinky With Purpose”
    (Philippians 2:13)

    Object Lesson = My daughter’s slinky

    Ideas / Important Points =

    • What is the purpose of a slinky?

    • No purpose? No reason to exist? Just a “stupid toy”?

    • Ever feel like that? Like you don’t have a purpose or reason? Ever feel stupid, like you can’t do anything for God?

    Scripture Reference = Philippians 2:13 (New International Reader’s Version)

    • “God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to be in keeping with his good purpose.” (NIRV)

    • God’s got plans for you… a purpose for you.

    • He simply wants us to live like Jesus (learn more about that at church weekly)

    • You are not like this slinky with no purpose! God has a purpose… just for you!

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