The woman who had just rear ended Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, came running at him, shaking her fists. “It was your fault!…This whole thing was your fault!” The other driver also convinced the officer that it was Somerville’s fault and Somerville got the ticket. Somerville says, “When we make mistakes, do some damage, rear-end innocent tourists, we begin to employ this enormous capacity to absolve ourselves of any responsibility…By shifting the blame or manipulating the evidence, we make things right—we justify ourselves.” In today’s sermon, “The Accidental Sinner,” from 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a and Psalm 51:1-12, King David handled his sin differently. Instead of trying to justify his sin, David turned to God and said, “I’m sorry…It was my fault…”
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Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), and the author of Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
Brian McLaren is a speaker, an activist, and bestselling author of We Make the Road by Walking, The Great Spiritual Migration, and the forthcoming Faith after Doubt.
Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author. His most recent books include The Accidental Preacher and Stories by Willimon