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Sermon Excerpt: No Home Court Advantage, Mark 6:1-13, Rev. Randy Quinn

Anyone familiar with any sport will be quick to tell you about “the home court advantage.”  I’m not sure I can explain it to those who haven’t heard about it, but there is statistical evidence to suggest that teams play better in their own home turf than they do “on the road.”

It’s true in Baseball and it’s true in Football.  It’s true in Basketball and it’s true in Tennis.  It’s true in Little League and High School and in professional sporting events.

But, if the story of Jesus is any clue, it must not be true when it comes to faith.  Jesus fares poorly at home, so he sends his disciples on the road where they do remarkably well.  There apparently is no “home court advantage” when it comes to ministry.

And I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure that out this week.  Why is it that Jesus “can do no great works” in his home town among his friends and family?  We’ll hear the results from the works of the Disciples in two weeks, but what we’ll learn is that they do many great deeds in strange places.

How can that be?  What happened to the home court advantage? I’ve seen numerous towns with signs that advertise it as the hometown of some famous person – and some not so famous people!  Most towns are proud of their sons and daughters who do well because it speaks well of them. So why do the people in Nazareth reject Jesus?

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