Thanks and Anger
2009-03-13 by David von Schlichten

Thank you to Tom Steagald for helping me with Jesus' anger and thank you to our guest blogger this week, Scott Seay. Please scroll down to read their entries.

I will preach on what Jesus' anger teaches us about our own. Also, I will be asking the congregation for a word. Whatever word someone from the congregation gives me has to figure prominently in the sermon. Once in a while, I do this as a way of underscoring that the sermon is the work of both preacher and listener, orchestrated by the Spirit.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





wrath and such
2009-03-12 by Tom Steagald

David-- 

I am sure that I am not able to follow Jesus' example myself if only because I do not see as clearly as he did. Moreover, sinless as we confess he was, he was able to focus outwardly whereas most of the stuff that I need to have thrown out is internal. I wonder if one way to approach this text might be to explore what Jesus would drive out the temple that is MY body, most of it devoted to marketplace and such.

I was not necessarily offering benediction on the sermon I heard yesterday, but I did think it cogent and fair to the text at least. Application, as always, is the real test.

Tom 

 





Help With Jesus' Anger
2009-03-12 by David von Schlichten

Thanks, Tom. I'll think on all that.

A part of me wonders - albeit reverently (I think) - if we Christians are simply letting Jesus off the hook here by justifying his wild behavior. Sometimes in the Gospels Jesus strikes me as, well, mean, but we Christians always find a way to justify the meanness.

Another part of me wonders if the Temple-cleansing is an example of the wrath of God and is not something we are to imitate. For that matter, we may not even understand God's wrath. We accept that it is there and give thanks that God's dominant hand is his mercy-hand.

But the third and largest part of me leans toward thinking that we Christians can and should learn from Jesus' example about how to manage our anger. Along these lines, thanks again for your help, Tom.

Out of parts, I am

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Real Zeal
2009-03-11 by Tom Steagald

Hey, David

Heard a really good sermon on this text today at our community Lenten service. The PCA pastor was talking about what he called real zeal... he said that, of course, there were three things to notice about Jesus' anger here. One, that Jesus saw what others did not (the larceny beneath the legitimate, the trade that had become the real business of the Tempe); two, that Jesus acted on that awareness but in a deliberate and measured way (making the whip took time; it was not a burst of anger but a calculated response; it does not give license to us to fly off the handle, etc); and three, thathis anger was on behalf of God, not personal picque. It was not Jesus who was offended to make him angry, but God whose commandments and provision had been coopted by human greed, etc.

It was a pretty traditional exposition, but I thought a fair treatment.

Tom 





How To Be Angry
2009-03-11 by David von Schlichten

Does the Temple-cleansing story present to us Christians an example from Jesus of how to express anger as a Christian, or is Jesus' behavior here not to be pardigmatic for us Christians when it comes to how to express anger?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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