Alliance of Baptists Sunday
Text: John 15:12-17
I want to start by saying thank you to Brooks Wicker and to your pastor Nancy Petty for the invitation to preach today. I am grateful to be here for the first time. It seems hard for me to believe that today is the first time I’ve been here at Pullen. I feel like I know all of you. I recognize the faces of so many friends. And I’ve been fortunate to befriend many of your teenagers during the time I was the director of Baptist Youth Camp. So I feel like we are all friends even though I’ve never been in this sanctuary before today or met many of you.
But you should also know that I have a lot of friends. According to Facebook, I have 471 friends to be exact. Alright my ego is not that big, rest assured I recognize the absurdity of saying I have 471 friends. No one can have that many friends. But we do, or we say we do. I also confess that I know that I don’t have that many friends because I can’t turn someone down if they send me a friend request. Even if I don’t remember that we rode the bus together in the 9th grade, I’m still going to accept your friend request. Even if you are that uber-conservative cousin who I can hardly stand to be in the same room with, I’m going to accept your friend request. Even if you are the crazy ex-girlfriend from college who called me years after college to ask me if I thought she was the one who made me gay, I’m still going to accept your friend request. Even though I don’t really care about knowing what is going on in your life I’m going to call you friend on Facebook. Then I’m going to be really annoyed that I have to wade through your status reports and your farmville updates to get to the folks I do actually consider friends. So you should know that I don’t have a lot of friends, I definitely do not have 471.