Introduction: In beginning let me say that all the entries pretty much reflected the personalities that I experience in their postings in the forums. So there was a “congruence.” One of the limitations of this format is that we do not get to hear them. We do not get to see the inflections, mannerisms and such. While this is part of a good sermon, the best we can do in this judging is to experience the written sermon, so that is what I am going on.
Let me begin with Hand of Hercate. Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing would have been an excellent anthem for this sermon. The theme was basically a unification of “love of God through love a person” i.e sex. Interestingly enough, there are sermon entries that have unique and differing views of “love” in this competition. I found the sermon lacking in the intent of the passage. H of H made the common mistake that many pastor make, that of taking a passage out of context and applying it to his personal ideology. I also felt it became more about him than the message. It reminded me of a sermon I heard once by a woman telling the congregation they needed a “Holy Ghost enema.” I’ll give you this, H of H: I wasn’t bored and you got me to read a passage that I was unfamiliar with. One more thing. I don’t like sermons ended with “Praise the Lord.” To make it analogous to your sermon, there needs to be foreplay, “increased whoredom” , and then some gentle caressing. Keep “practicing” and hope to see you in the next round.