Post-Sermon Reflection
2009-11-22 by David von Schlichten

Today I reflected on the shock and sadness of JFK's assassination and then went on to proclaim that the death of Jesus, the greatest leader, is sad and a cause for thanksgiving. Next, I invited parishioners to contemplate how we can respond to Christ's saving death with a higher thanksgiving-level. Finally, I assured people that, all the time, Christ the King is with us to care for us.

I ended the sermon by inviting people to pretend that, instead of Pilate, they stand before Jesus. Jesus says to you, "I am the king who dies for his subjects. How will you respond with thanksgiving?"

Parishioners often like the open ending. Several have indicated happily over the years that the open ending makes them think.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Preaching Journal
2009-11-20 by David Howell

James Howell is sharing with us how he prepares for Advent preaching. Wonderful ideas!

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"Lectionary Homiletics" Highlight; JFK
2009-11-20 by David von Schlichten

"Exegesis"

Jean-Pierre Ruiz provides interesting background information on John 18:33-37. He describes P52, the papyrus fragment that contains this text, which is the oldest extant New Testament fragment. Ruiz also reminds us that the historical Pilate was not very accommodating of the Jews' religion.

Further, Ruiz stresses that Pilate is failing to comprehend the nature of Jesus' rule. Like so many figures in John, Pilate is thinking level one, while Jesus is talking upstairs, on level two.

We have some fine posts below. Please scroll down to read.

JOHN F. KENNEDY: Sunday is the anniversary of his assassination. It might be useful to talk about JFK as a leader and tie that somehow to Jesus as a leader.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten





What If You Were Pilate?
2009-11-19 by David von Schlichten

For Sunday, I may invite people to put themselves in Pilate's sandals. Jesus challenges Pilate to accept him as ruler. Jesus challenges us to accept him as ruler. What does it mean to regard Jesus as our monarch?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten





Pastor Talk To Me About...
2009-11-18 by David Howell

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