Is it possible that Mick Jagger has really nailed it, in describing the prime spiritual malady of our times? Well – maybe for all times?

This Sunday’s sermon (sermons – plural – as I’ll also be preaching this text at WINK) will focus on Isaiah 55, especially the first few verses, which contain Second Isaiah‘s beautiful vision for “satisfaction”.

So, a few questions, for anyone to ponder or…gee whiz, even respond. (Note: I may also use these questions on Sunday at WiNK…)

  • Do those who are victims of the sin of gluttony really enjoy food?
  • Why do you think our nation has experienced a dramatic increase in obesity (and if you click that previous link, DO play the little cartoon showing just how dramatically it has increased).
  • If you were to imagine “satisfaction” – what would that look like, feel like, be like?
  • And lastly – and perhaps most importantly – what would such an experience do to us?

Now, keep in mind too that this is Rev. Vamos’s turn to speak on the theme of stewardship – that is, why should Christians actually give? Why do they give? How is it that Christians are generous people? How would the experience of “satisfaction” change our waistlines? Our bottom lines? Could it change the health of our coastlines and skies?

Love to hear your response – and perhaps help me reflect on this before Sunday.


Extra credit for those with time (and calories?) to burn. Check out this very simple video. What other reasons might there be for the increase in obesity?


And a final question: If we were to be more satisfied with what we eat, would we eat less?