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I want you to open your Bible to the fourth chapter of the gospel of John. And I don't know that I need to make an explanation of what I do with a passage, but when you deal with a narrative passage like this, there's a story to tell, obviously, and this is a prolonged story, starting in John 4, verse 1 and running all the way to the forty-second verse. That's a long account by any gospel measure. Most accounts are cryptic. That is to say, they are condensed--kind of a Cliff Notes version of what actually happened. And that would be true in this case. But nonetheless, it's a long story and so it winds up being cut into pieces because somebody, I don't know when, said we can't preach for more than an hour.

I don't know who made that rule but my whole life has been unduly constrained by that ridiculous rule that someone made. I...I would feel much more comfortable if, like the apostle Paul, I could preach until people actually fell out of the window and died. But since I am unable to do that, I have to prescribe myself to what is demanded of me. And so we don't want a whole lot of loose babies running around in the patio at ten minutes after twelve, and that's how it is....

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