Ministry / Theology / December 19, 2011

Broken Roses and the Gospel of Jesus

In 2009 I had the chance to hear the message in this video live. At the time it was enormously powerful. I don’t remember many sermons I have heard over my lifetime in the church and attending conferences, but this one has stuck with me. Over the past 2+ years the words of Matt Chandler in this clip have become especially meaningful and alive to me. I suspect many of you have seen this, but it is worth watching again. And again after that. And probably one more time after that.

You do not have to be a 26-year-old single mother carrying on an affair with a married man to be the broken rose. Every person is that wilted, broken flower. Maybe it is sexual deviance or dalliance. Maybe it is lying. Maybe it is arrogance, apathy, legalism, lawlessness, anger, passivity, or something else. But each of us has lost  our petals and are nothing more than a trash heap worthy busted stem.

But may the phrase “Jesus wants  the rose!” be a motto of hope and a cause of repentance and a purpose for living for you as it has become for me.




3 Comments

Dec 19, 2011

I was just going to post this same thing… I listened to it the other day. And wanted to blog a similar post. Guest post by Barna on my blog??


Dec 19, 2011

You could always link to mine. Or just copy it. Consider this my permission.


Dec 20, 2011

When I was 16 I watched a preacher give the exact same speech about the rose except he used an orange. He passed it around with a pencil and had each person poke the orange with the pencil. He then asked ‘who wants a bite out of this orange?’ He then used the ‘salt and light’ verse and said that if any of us had ‘lost our saltiness’ we couldn’t get it back. I watched girls sob that night because they felt God wanted nothing else to do with them.

What an amazing message Chandler gives. He is pretty much the man.



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