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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time .... Exodus 32:1-14

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time ....

Grace is the reason we survive our stupidity about God.

At a Glance

This material begins with a hilarious review of some of the world's weirdest inventions, e.g., Venetian Blind Sunglasses, the Curved Barrel Machine Gun, and umbrellas for your cigarettes. From there it moves to the misguided invention that came into being at the foot of Mt. Sinai thousands of years ago. That's a long time ago, but we've been coming up with bad ideas in terms of our relationship with God ever since.


Editors' Pick

For material based on this same text, see "The Potato Vice Syndrome," October 10, 1999, at: HomileticsOnline.com.


The 20th century brought us many remarkable technologies, including the automobile, the space shuttle, and, for better or worse, the Internet. But there were other inventions that were just plain stupid. Maybe that's unkind. Let's just say that they seemed like a good idea at the time. Consider, for example, Venetian Blind Sunglasses, which came out in 1950. They were, as the name suggests, eyeglasses with Venetian blind slats across them...









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