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 





LENTEN SERMONS
2014-03-07 by David von Schlichten

Here are topics to consider:

Temptations: What tempts us besides the usual (wealth, power, fame)? 

The Devil: Is he real? What role does he play in our lives?

The Psalm: Preach on it each Sunday.

Sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination. Focus on a different one each Sunday.

Acceptance: Each Sunday, focus on something that does NOT need to be improved.

What ideas do you have?

Yours,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 

 





PREACHING ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
2014-02-14 by David von Schlichten

1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

1 in 4 women will experience a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during college.

In the US, about three women are killed every day by an intimate partner.

91% of all rape victims are women, and 99% of all perpetrators are men.

Women in the US make 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

1 in 6 women will be stalked.

When was the last time you preached on violence against women?

 

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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