by Roger Thomas

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The Man Who Understood Men (5 of 10)
Come As You Are
Roger Thomas
John 5:1-15
January 28, 2001

I don't want to get in the rut of starting every sermon with a funny, primarily because I am afraid I don't know that many good jokes. But having begun my sermon last week on The Man Who Understood A Woman with a couple of "impeccably delivered and genuinely hilarious stories" (?!?), I feel that is only fair that I do the same this week on the theme of The Man Who Understood Men.

Once again I will tread where few preachers ought to go by again illustrating the fact that "men are from mars and women are from venus." Mark Lowry, Christian funny man from the Bill Gaither Vocal Band, offers the following Top Ten Reasons Why It Is Great to Be A Guy:

The Number 10 reason it is great to be a guy: a five day vacation requires only one suitcase. #9 Bathroom lines are 80% shorter. #8 Guys can go to the bathroom alone. The number 7 reason it is great to be guy --because you can be showered and ready in ten minutes. #6 The remote is yours and yours alone. #5 When clicking through the channels you don't have to stop on every shot of someone crying. The #4 reason why it is great to be a guy: three words—flowers fix everything. #3: Your underwear only costs $7.50 for a pack of 3. #2: Wedding dress $2000; Tux rental $100. And the Number 1 reason why it is great to be a guy --your last name stays put. So says Mark Lowry.

If the woman at the well in John 4 had a life that no woman would ever set out to intentionally create, then the man in John 5 had a life no man ever wants to experience. This is the stuff of which male nightmares are made.

A word of caution before we go further. When studying the Bible we must be careful about reading our experiences into it. The Bible is a two thousand year old book. The ancients knew little of our psychological terms and ways of explaining everything in terms of neuroses, psychoses, and this syndrome ...

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