This Week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (February 3, 2019)

Believe it or not, I never watched “Seinfeld” when it was on TV in the 90’s. I have seen a few parts of episodes that people thought were particularly funny on YouTube. One of those came to mind this week. It is the 1995 episode called “The Soup Nazi”. Yev Kassem is the owner of a new soup stand that Seinfeld’s friend Kramer has highly recommended. Kassem is known as the “Soup Nazi” because of his insistence on appropriate behavior while placing an order. Jerry and his friend George stop at the soup stand. George complains that he didn’t receive free bread with his order like the other customers. Kassem spitefully decrees “No soup for you!” and take’s George’s soup away. The “No soup for you!” phrase subsequently became a phrase used to let people know that their behavior is inappropriate and so will be denied something of value. This week, we hear Jesus do something like that, though it has to do with who the person is, not what the person does. What Jesus says is shocking and disturbing (please take a look at the Sunshine for January 20, now known as ice storm Sunday, for more about disturbing comments made by revered and respected people). Jesus does not say “No soup for you!” Jesus says “No miracle for you!” What??? What is going on here? Come and hear about it on Sunday February 3 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church at 8:30 and 11 when Pastor Jeff preaches “No Miracle for You!” based on Mark 7: 24-30. We will look forward to seeing you.

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