When Election Isn't a Doctrine
2008-10-27 by Dave Davis

As I begin my sermon process this week, I find myself challenged and nourished by Ron Allen's posted article about preaching and the election. As I have looked around at some lectionary based resources (including some that are current), I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see very little (if anything) in reference to the election that comes right after this Sunday. On the other hand, as the liturgical calendar cycles toward All Saints' Day, most of us have the experience of pondering the assigned texts in relation to celebrating the great cloud of witnesses. In addition, most of us have probably borrowed an assigned text from All Saints' Day itself for this particular Sunday in the church year.

As a lectionary preaching, I have often had that inspiring of experience of allowing current events to surprise an unsuspecting biblical text. The preacher's context in the pastoral setting or in the community setting can spark fresh encounters with assigned readings as they come up. New insights and fresh readings and fine sermons can often come when the preacher literally brings a world of concern to the sermon process.

At first glance, this week's encounter does not leap off the page to me Jesus taking on the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew, the witness of labor and toil of the early church in I Thessalonians, and the stones collected as Joshua led the Ark's crossing of the Jordan......yeah, the presidential election isn't leaping back at me in my Monday reading.

So let's let it sit for awhile. 

 





Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2008-10-27 by CJ Teets

David Davis, pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served the congregation there for nine years. On occasion, he is a guest lecturer on preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. His own research on the preaching event has focused on the active role of the listener. Last year he published a collection of sermons entitled A Kingdom We Can Taste: Sermons for the Church Year (Erdmans)




Festival of Homiletics News
2008-10-24 by CJ Teets

We were delighted to learn this morning that Mark Hanson will speak at the Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta in May. He is the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a terrific preacher. Jim Wallis also has joined the growing list of preachers for the Festival.



Janyce, Stephen, and Reformation
2008-10-23 by David von Schlichten

Thank you to guest blogger Janyce Jorgensen, as well as to Stephen Schuette for his contribution.

I will be preaching on the ideas of up and down theology, which I got from Timothy Wengert, a world-renowned scholar of the Lutheran confessions. Dr. Wengert contends that most people are up-theologians in that we think that God is "up there" and we need to do good works and the like to earn our way up the ladder to God.

The Bible teaches that we are to be down-theologians. We do not work up to God. God comes down to us. It is through God's descent to us that we have eternal life and healing, not through our pathetic clawing up the Ladder of Babel.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Pre-Election Preaching
2008-10-22 by CJ Teets

Go to HOMEPAGE and Share It! to read Ron Allen's thoughts on preaching during this election season.

Also, check out the new material for All Saints' Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Advent in UNLECTIONARY.

A pastor named Joe has a question in the Parish Solution Forum. Preach on the economy, preacher? Go to HomePage and Share It! to give Joe the Preacher some feedback.





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