ADVENT
2014-11-21 by David von Schlichten

How did/will/does Christ come to us, and how do we help one another and ourselves see the newness in this old season?

PREACHING ON THE SECOND COMING: What if we think of the Second Coming as a type and not as a one-time historical event? How do we experience the Second Coming? Over and over the world seems to fall apart, and then God shows up. Invite hearers to look at those apocalyptic passags as guides for how to see God present amid the misery.

THE POPULARITY OF POST-APOCALYPTIC STORIES: Especially ones involving zombies. What if we preach on how many people end up as spiritual zombies and how God wakes us up? What does it mean to be awake, alive, and not the walking dead, who simply feed on others?

ISAIAH PROPHECIES: Preach on how these prophecies did not only look ahead to the coming of the Messiah but also addressed situations in their day. Help people to see that prophetic texts often address multiple time periods.

JOHN THE BAPTIST: How can we wear camel's hair, eat locusts and wild honey, and preach repentance in the wilderness? What would that look like for us 21st century, postmodern folks? Who are our prophets today?

REPENTANCE: What sins do we commit that we overlook? Everyone knows about greed and lust, but what about coveting or apathy or workaholism or toxic self-deprecation? 

THE MAGNIFICAT: A teenage girl's Spirit-inspired, prophetic poem of liberation theology! What challenges and comforts does the Magnificat place before us?

MARY: How are we bearers of Christ for a barrren world?

HOPE: People need more of it. We always, always need sermons on hope.

Yours in Christ, 

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





STEWARDSHIP SERMONS AND THE PHILANTHROPY PLEDGE
2014-10-13 by David von Schlichten

For preaching on stewardship, you might want to try preaching on the Philanthropy Pledge.

What is the Philanthropy Pledge? This is an idea that my colleague Jaimie Steel and I came up with. I suggested to her last year the idea of a person giving away a million dollars over the course of her or his lifetime. This year, she pledged a variation on the idea: she will give away $40,000 in money/goods/services by the time she turns forty (in about two years).

In a sermon, preachers could challenge parishioners to do something similar. People can choose to include their congregation as a recipient of the giving but would not have to. People also can determine for themselves the details of the giving, such as how much their service is worth monetarily.

Challenge people to take the Philanthropy Pledge.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





PREACHING ON ISIL/ISIS
2014-09-16 by David von Schlichten

How do we preach about this horrific organization and how to respond to it? Here are suggestions:

1. Remind people that islam is not the enemy. Many educated folks know that they are not supposed to think that Islam is the enemy but secretly do anyway. We can remind people of the religion's tenets and of the fact that the ovewhelming majority of Muslims are opposed to ISIL;

2. Invite people to consider the root cause of such groups. What oppression, for instance, contributed to the formation of such a group? Terrorism is never the solution, but sometimes the problem is legitimate;

3. Challenge people to love these terrorists and to imagine a policy shaped by such love. Of course, loving terrorists does not mean allowing ourselves to be victims to them. What would be loving would be helping the terrorists to break free from their terrorist mentality toward a more constructive one.

What ideas do you have?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blod Moderator 





PREACHING FOR PENTECOST, TRINITY, AND SUMMER
2014-06-04 by David von Schlichten

For Pentecost Sunday, consider the following:

1. When the disciples received the ability to speak different languages, did they retain that ability?

2. Does the Holy Spirit work differently in different denominations? Individuals can have different gifts. What about denominations?

3. Holy Spirit as Coach.

4. The pouring out of the Spirit is on ALL flesh. God is inclusive in ways that we have often been afraid to be.

5. When would you retain forgiveness of sins?

TRINITY SUNDAY

1. What are some common faulty understandings of the Trinity, why do they matter, and how do we correct them?

2. The Trinity is relational. How should we model our relationships after the Trinity?

SUNDAYS AFTER PENTECOST

1. Preach on the Psalm each week for a month.

2. Go a month without (explicitly) mentioning Jesus.

3. Do a series on the history of your congregation and how God has helped it.

4. Do a series on the scriptural basis of beloved hymns.

WHAT IDEAS DO YOU HAVE? SEND ME AN EMAIL!

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





EASTER SERMON TOPICS
2014-04-25 by David von Schlichten

Here are topics to consider for the 50 days:

1. The benefits of doubt

2. What it means to have the peace of Christ

3. Implications of the Resurrection for caring for the environment

4. Preaching on the book of Acts

5. What does it mean to say that Christ is our shepherd?

6. Preaching on Psalm 23

7. Why do people in the Bible sometimes not recognize the risen Christ, and what does this lack of recognition mean for us?

8. Christ died, not just for people, but for all creation

9. Christ's resurrection prefigures our own

10. Christ's resurrection is physical, not just spiritual

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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