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When we are hooked on speed
This sermon is part of the sermon series "inSanity". See series.


I've jumped into this series on inSanity not because I'm throwing stones, but because crazy has become the new normal for me. I feel like I'm becoming like one of those possessed people we read about in the Bible. I'm living under the influence of some extremely powerful external forces and some extremely persuasive internal voices, and the combined effect is not good. When I get some objectivity on it, I don't really like the person and life that is being shaped. It seems insane—as in, not healthy. And I know I'm not alone.

But that's the first step toward greater sanity. First, we admit we're under the influence of a destructive power. Then we start to name the demons—to flesh out the character and effect of the particular influences we are under. Thirdly, we start purposely drawing near to God. We make some choices and adopt some new rhythms that put us where God can start to restore our health. That's the route to greater sanity and the path we'll explore again now.

The friendly demon

A few months ago, I came across a fascinating book by award-winning author and researcher, James Gleick. The title intrigued me because it read like a vanity plate you might see on the back of a red Ferrari—just four letters: FSTR. Faster! Too fast to even use vowels. The book's subtitle was The Acceleration of Just about Everything. On page after page, Gleick demonstrates how everything from travel to cooking to communications to commerce has gotten so much faster, and how even the rate of increase itself is also accelerating. You know how when people used to describe something really fast, they'd speak of nanoseconds? Well, physicists are now measuring time in femtoseconds—a unit equivalent to the time ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The friendly demon

II. The chief enemy

III. Stopping in Jericho

IV. The practice of slowing and seeing