“Eccentric” Intro

Main Entry: 1ec·cen·tric
Pronunciation: \ik-ˈsen-trik, ek-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros, from ex out of + kentron center
Date: circa 1630
1 a : deviating from an established or usual pattern or style <eccentric products> b : deviating from conventional or accepted usage or conduct especially in odd or whimsical ways <an eccentric millionaire>
2 a : deviating from a circular path; especially : elliptical 1 <an eccentric orbit> b : located elsewhere than at the geometrical center; also : having the axis or support so located <an eccentric wheel>
synonyms see strange

The great English preacher of the 19th century Charles Spurgeon says this:

“Now I am free to admit that the word has come to mean singular, odd, whimsical, and so forth; but by going a little deeper into its etymology, we discover that it simply means that the circle in which an eccentric man moves is not quite coincident with that which is followed by the majority: he does not tread the regular ring, but deviates.”

So when we say you’re eccentric that means you deviate from the majority,
your life does not revolve around the nucleus of what’s popular,
you walk in a system of values that will get you laughed at and you’re ok with that,
the cultural norm calls you strange but you know you’re strangely normal.

Eccentric means you don’t tread the regular ring of “normal” so you say no to 4 straight hours of Farmville; you say no to crude jokes; you say no to underage drinking; you say no to gossip; you say no to abortion; you say no to divorce; you say no to injustice; you say no to apathy.

Eccentric is deviating from the majority by using your affinity, ability, or affection to glorify God. That means, like David Baggett and Bailey Barnes, you don’t sit around all day learning Beatles’ covers, but they are using guitar to worship God.

That means, like Adam Lugibhil, you transfer schools to share the Gospel more.

That means, like Megan McElhaney will tonight, you share stories about your life to a random group of people for the purpose of community.

That means, like Alex Kittelson, you lead a student with autism to Christ.

That means, like Morgan Gamble, you invite a green haired friends to a white collar church to be cleansed by the red blood of Jesus.

That means, like Carter Bogie, you convince your soccer team to donate food for every goal scored.

So this weekend may your soul find retreat, may your spirit be refreshed; may your heart and mind propelled away from the gravity of status quo.

To follow Christ is to be eccentric
To be eccentric is to follow Christ
This is fall retreat
And we are an eccentric group of people.