Can’t I Just Skip the Boring Parts of the Bible?

What he said.

AFTER+MATH

Two Sundays ago, I preached Nehemiah 3. It’s a chapter that lists the various men and women who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Here’s a taste:

“…Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired. Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pahath-moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens…” (Nehemiah 3:10-11)

And more of that. For the entire twenty-seven verses.

As the congregation surveyed the chapter beforehand, I’m sure many were thinking: Is Pastor Chad really going to preach on a chapter of obscure Hebrew names? It’s one of those chapters that you normally skip during your devotions, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Don’t lie.

This is no lie. My very first week as pastor–fresh out of seminary, no experience–I preached a genealogy from Matthew chapter 1. It may have been…

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