Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2009-03-16 by David Howell

Michael L. Ruffin, pastor of the First Baptist of Fitzgerald, Georgia.  He has previously served as Pastor of The Hill Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Adel, Georgia, and as Associate Professor of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.).  He is the author of Living Between the Advents: Preaching Advent in Year B (CSS, 2005) and editor of Why Be a Christian: The Sermons of Howard P. Giddens (Mercer University Press, 2007). 



Anger
2009-03-12 by Rick Brand

I would suggest that Jesus' anger in the Temple ought to raise for us the question, Where is our anger? In the course of my ministry, there has been so much "niceness", that we have not allowed any "anger" in our idea of what discipleship should be. 



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





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