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Intercepting Entropy

God's will for the human spirit is that it would never suffer entropy.

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John Ortberg is a master communicator, whether through preaching or through writing. Preaching Today is blessed to have him as an editorial advisor and regular contributor. As you read this newest sermon from John, look for a few things: his redemptive use of humor (he's one of the best at this), the great lengths to which he'll go for clarity's sake (notice how he is always careful to define things), and his mastery at application (when you notice the transition into application, you'll see that this sermon fits his audience in California like a glove).


One of the wisest people I know is a man named Max Depree. For many years he was the CEO of an innovative Fortune 500 company called Herman Miller. Depree has written classic books on leadership and anchored the board of trustees at Fuller Seminary for 40 years. Max is asked to speak a lot about leadership, and at one session somebody asked him what the most difficult thing was that he personally had to work on. This was Max's response: "It's the interception of entropy."

Max's reply is where I got the title for this sermon. I now deeply regret the title, because all week long I've had people with advanced degrees in physics or mechanical engineering come up to me and ask, "Do you know what entropy is?" I believe entropy is a term from physics that has something to do with the second law of thermodynamics and the availability of energy. It speaks to the fact that the universe is winding down. If that's not technically correct in your field, I don't care. Some of you will have a burning passion after this message to help me be better informed about what entropy really is. I just want you ...

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John Ortberg is pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California.

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Sermon Outline:


Everything that is left to itself has a tendency to deteriorate.

I. Entropy is a great enemy of the human spirit.

II. God calls everyone to action in life.

III. Entropy goes unchallenged in a number of ways.

IV. We all suffer from selective entropy.


Where is God calling you to action in your life?