Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2008-11-30 by CJ Teets

Carmen Nanko-Fernández, assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where she teaches courses in US Hispanic and pastoral theologies. She is the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.  Some of her publications are accessible online at the electronic Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.



Thank you and the Second Coming
2008-11-28 by David von Schlichten

Thank you to guest blogger Kristin Johnston Largen (from my alma mater Gettysburg Seminary) and to Stephen Schuette for his contributions. Please scroll down to read their posts.

I have posted my sermon for this Sunday at the Sermon Feedback Cafe. A great challenge with preaching about the Second Coming is helping people not to see it as terrifying while also not watering down that great event. Largen and Schuette provide assistance for preachers regarding this goal, and I pray my sermon succeeds along these lines, as well. Let me know what you think, for I am

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





Rooms at Emory for the Festival of Homiletics
2008-11-26 by CJ Teets

We just set up a block of dorm rooms at Emory University for the Festival of Homiletics.

The program will begin on Monday at the fabulous Fox Theatre.

 





Revolutionary Patience
2008-11-25 by Stephen Schuette

The challenge of preaching on this text from Mark is to stay on edge without falling off one way or another.  There are a couple of polar-tensions evident in it, but the one that draws my attention is waiting--expectation, or a kind of active-waiting.

Or how about Ched Myers phrase “Revolutionary Patience” (See Binding the Strong Man)?  Normally we think of a revolutionary as impatient, anxious to bring about change.  And we typically think of patience as nurtured by a sense of contentment or at least an accommodation to things as they are.  But what if we blew open these assumptions and put them together?

Could it be that amid cosmic (or economic?) changes that shake heaven and earth (if Chicken Little is right) there is a possibility of remaining spiritually calm?  Could it be that in waiting which goes on and on there can remain an edge to it that anticipates already that which is yet to arrive?

I do feel a judgment about ministry here.  Have I backed away from offering a word that would invite a reconsideration of life/priorities in favor of the calm, reassuring, safe response?  Have I been unsettled by questions and issues in the church that in the end don’t amount to a hill of beans?  If Advent is a time for confession then I confess.  I’m often exercised without an inner calmness with the result of being unfocused in my calling and I’m often calm because I’ve let go of any sense of expectation and fallen asleep at the helm.

Part of Mark’s message seems to me to be an invitation to wholeness both in ourselves spiritually and in relationship to God.

The Visitor might be a suitable movie reference…a man going through the motions who wakes up to life and relationships anew.



Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2008-11-23 by CJ Teets

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.  She is the author of the forthcoming book, What Christians can Learn from Buddhism:  Rethinking Salvation, (Fortress Press, Spring 2009), and she is the editor of Dialog, a Lutheran journal of theology.  Her areas of specialization are soteriology, comparative theology, and liberation theologies; and she is committed to the relevance of theological reflection for all aspects of parish ministry. Be sure to read her first blog post below!



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