(This is my sermon from Sunday, November 8, 2020 in response to the reading from Amos 5:18–24. You can find the recording of the full service on the church website —

Aesop, the ancient master storyteller and teacher of fables once told this tale — One fine day two crabs came out of their home to take a stroll on the sand. “Child,” said the mother, “You are walking very ungracefully. You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting from side to side.”

“Pray, mother,” said the young one, “Do but set the example yourself, and I will follow…



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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.