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 





PREACHING DURING THE EPIPHANY SEASON
2014-01-03 by David von Schlichten

Here are some sermon ideas for the season.

LIGHT: Light is the fastest thing there is and is comprised of many colors. What are some other properties of light, and how might they, well, illumine a sermon?

In what ways do we experience God's light? What looks like God's light but isn't really? How do we use light imagery for the blind? 

JOURNEY OF THE MAGI: T.S. Eliot's poem on this topic could be helpful for sermon preparation. Also, while the poem is too long to be quoted in its entirety in a sermon, an excerpt could be quoted to good effect. You should be able to find this poem easily online, but if you can't, contact me. Check it out. It's first-rate.

Also, we can invite hearers to think about how they are on a journey following the star. What difficulties do we face? What gifts do we bring?

BAPTISM: Why did Christ need to be baptized? We can invite hearers to ponder this question.

Also, we can use Christ's baptism to get us thinking about our own. In addition, the story of Jesus' baptism can lead to reflections on the Trinity, since all three person are present in the story.

What other themes emerge during this effulgent season?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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