Year C Trinity John 16
Truth – How Do You Know It When You Hear It?
John 16:12-15

School's out. Summer's here. My kids have been waiting for this for weeks. All summer and nothing but swimming, riding their bikes, endlessly playing video games, and vacations. While our kids live in that world this summer we adults will be living in another. There is the economy and the struggle to keep Wall Street and Main Street happy and accountable at the same time. There are budget cuts affecting 80% of school districts in this country while we work to improve education nationwide. There is the oil spill in the Gulf Coast and the finger pointing and blame game that has accompanied that terrible accident. If there is one thing I have learned in life it's that everybody has their own version of the truth.

And we have to try and find the truth among all the truths that present themselves to us. It is very hard these days to know who to believe. Everyone is trying to lead us to their version of truth. In 1997, Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student at Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair by showing how conditioned we have become to alarmists spreading fear of everything in our environment through junk science. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "Dihydrogen monoxide" because:

  1. It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
  2. It is a major component in acid rain.
  3. It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state.
  4. Accidental inhalation can kill you.
  5. It contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  6. It decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  7. It is found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
He asked 50 people if they support a ban.

43 said yes
Six were undecided
And only one knew that the chemical is ... water.

I just about fell out of my chair when I found the website Apparently some prankster has taken this little spoof to a whole new level. The website looks official, a real action committee feel to it. You can even buy the T-shirt with your MasterCard or Visa. The page reads: You can help us to continue spreading the word about Dihydrogen Monoxide by purchasing one or more of these high-quality, 100% Cotton T-shirts. They make great gifts for yourself, coworkers, friends, family and that geek, nerd, dweeb or chemist in your life!

Then it assures the customer: "Our T-Shirts are DHMO FREE." Ever try wearing a T-Shirt made of water?

Truth. Pontius Pilate asked his wife: What is Truth? It's a question that plagues everyone who tries to do the right thing, who tries to live above board, who struggles with all the complexities of life. "I have much more to say to you," Jesus said to his disciples. "More than I can possibly say to you now under the circumstances. But when the Holy Spirit comes he will guide you into all truth." Thank about those words of Jesus. All Truth. He will "lead us into all truth." How do you ever find firm ground to stand on an issue?

  1. First, Listen to the Spirit of Truth.
  2. Second, That Spirit of Truth will set you Free.

A Sunday Kind of Love by Leonard Sweet
John 16:12-15

I have in my hand a three-way light bulb.

The three-way light bulb was the first attempt at "mood lighting." One light bulb could be switched on to three different levels of intensity, changing the amount of light it cast over a room.

Trying to read? Click the bulb up to 150 watts.
Just sitting around talking? Click down to 100 watts.
Wanting to snuggle with your sweetie? Click down to 50 watts.

One light bulb, but three different experiences of the light it produced.

This Sunday is "Trinity Sunday." This is the day Christians around the world take time to consider one of the greatest doctrines of our faith: the magnificence and mystery of divinity that is three-in-one — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

If you know your church history, you realize that the Trinity has been one of the thorniest thickets, one of the trickiest subjects in the history of Christianity. Its elaboration has been complex, a theological construct hashed out by theologians and church elders centuries ago and yet still argued over every few decades. So although when we sing the Doxology we "Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," the triune nature of the Godhead isn't something too many of us consider as part of the daily expression of our faith.

But it is. At least it should be. For that's the kind of faith, hope and love this world is hungering for. Experiencing God as Father, God as Son, and God as Holy Spirit, is what keeps our faith fresh and makes it possible to rebirth Christ into the world every day.

A few years ago Reba McEntire brought back a song Jo Stafford and Ella Fitzgerald independently made famous in 1947 called "A Sunday Kind of Love." This was also the song that made Christine Aguilera famous as a little girl signing on television in the late 80s. The song speaks to every generation because all generations a crying out for a different kind of love than the one they're finding in the culture: not a Monday love, or a Tuesday love, or a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday love, and especially not a Saturday love: but a Sunday love... presents Leonard Sweet