Easter (Resurrection Day)
2015-03-09 by David von Schlichten

1. Mary recognizes the Risen Christ once he calls her by name. What does that mean, and how does it apply to us?

2. How do we live the Resurrection?

3. Where do you encounter life emerging out of death?

4. What does it mean that the original response to the Resurrection was fear?

5. What's up with that whole race to the tomb between Peter and the Beloved Disciple? Are we the Beloved Disciple? 

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





SERMON IDEAS ON THE SEVEN LAST WORDS
2015-03-09 by David von Schlichten

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." 

Christ forgives his executioners, even though they have not repented. Repentance is not a prerequisite for forgiveness.

"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."

While God calls us to baptism, it is apparently not a requirement for eternal life. Is it?

"Woman, behold your son . . . Behold your mother."

If we are the Beloved Disciple, then Christ is entrusting Mary to us. What does that mean?

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Christ is using Scripture to express his sorrow. How can we use Scripture to give voice to our sorrow?

"I thirst."

Christ is the King who demands a drink from his throne, the Cross.

"It has been accomplished."

Christ's death is God achieving salvation for us. Passive voice. Perfect tense.

"Into your hands, I commit my spirit." 

How do we commit our spirits to God?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





LENT
2015-02-22 by David von Schlichten

Here are some ideas I have:

1. Seven deadly sins that most people don't think of (examples: jingoism, self-abnegation, proof-texting the Bible, workaholism, worship of sports);

2. How to cross-shape your life;

3. How do we cope with failure in the Church. 

What ideas do you have?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





SERMONS FOR THE NEW YEAR AND EPIPHANY
2014-12-29 by David von Schlichten

RESOLUTIONS THAT COULD BE USED IN SERMONS:

A. SUSPEND JUDGMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACTS;

B. PREJUDICE IS A FORM OF DARKNESS; ASK GOD TO HELP YOU SEE YOUR PREJUDICES AND LEAD YOU TO LIGHT;

C. FIND WAYS TO BRING GOD-LIGHT TO A WORLD THAT INSISTS ON THE DARKNESS OF PESSIMISM;

  D. LET'S STOP POLITICIZING GUN VIOLENCE AND CLIMATE CONTROL. WHILE WE ENGAGE IN PARTISAN DYSFUNCTION, DEATH LAUGHS AT US;

E. FOLLOW THE STAR, BRINGING YOUR BEST GIFTS.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





SERMON IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS
2014-12-22 by David von Schlichten

Here are sermon ideas for the twelve days:

1.  Does Jesus' unconventional conception suggest that God is open and flexible when it comes to human sexuality?

2. Of what value is the story of Christ's birth to atheists? That is, can a person find value in the story even if she or he doesn't beleive in God?

3. Reflection on the Incarnation. God becomes flesh. If Christ had never died on the cross, would his incarnation alone be efficacious in some manner regarding our salvation?

4. How is all the shopping madness of the season actually good for helping us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? That is, we Christians are quick to complain about the commercialism, but maybe the commercialism does more good than harm.

5. What does the birth of Jesus teach us from the standpoint of liberation theology?

6. How does the birth of Jesus challenge us to take better care of the planet? 

7. How does the birth of Jesus happen every day?

Wishing you a profound and beautiful Christmas, I am

Yours,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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