God's Limited Forgiveness?
2008-09-10 by David von Schlichten

If the king represents God, then the parable could be suggesting that, eventually, we run out of second-chances with God when it comes to forgiveness.

Such may be the case, although God giving up on someone just does not fit God's overall behavior in Scripture. For instance, in the prophets, when God says, in substance, "I'm done with you people," God ends up changing his mind eventually.

So then, maybe there is no such thing as eternal damnation. Perhaps "eternal damnation" is a poetic concept not to be taken literally.

In any case, the point of the parable is that we are to be forgiving of each other just as God has been forgiving of us. God has forgiven our great trespasses against God, so we are to forgive the tiny trespasses against us. If we focus on eschatology, we are missing the point of the parable.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Hello from your weekly blogger
2008-09-08 by Bill Carter

Hi everybody - I look forward to priming the pump for you this week.

Looks like I'll be focusing on Matthew 18:21-35, which includes the parable of the unforgiving servant. It might also be called the parable of the once-forgiving king who changed his mind. Or even, the king who rescinded his forgiveness and sent a poor sap into the torture chamber.

You may think it's gentler to preach a sermon on unlimited forgiveness ("seven times seventy"). Yet apparently even the king in the parable doesn't follow that approach.

Hmm... what shall we do with this one? Any first thoughts?





Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2008-09-07 by CJ Teets

William G. Carter.

Bill serves as the pastor and head of staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He is also a highly regarded jazz pianist who frequently weaves his music into his ministry.

Learn more about Bill.





Dean Snyder and Anna Carter Florence
2008-09-05 by David von Schlichten

We are grateful to Dean Snyder for his blog entries this week. Please scroll down to swim around in his thoughts.

A highlight from this week's articles in Lectionary Homiletics is Anna Carter Florence's “Preaching the Lesson” article, in which she argues that most of us, in quoting Jesus' statement about being with us, ignore or miss the context. The context is fighting. The pericope declares that there will always be some sort of fighting loose in the Church, but Christ will be with us anyway.

By the way, I dreamed the other night that Anna Carter Florence and I were working on a project together. Wouldn't that be marvelous?

My sermon is written and will be up shortly in the cafe.

Memorization

I have been experimenting with memorizing passages for Sunday as part of studying them. I find the exercise fun and nourishing. By the way, it's amazing to me how easy it has been to memorize passages.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Agreeing and Candidates
2008-09-04 by David von Schlichten

Dean,

Thank you for your blog entries. I find especially useful your thoughts about what it means to be in agreement.

I envision Barack Obama and Sarah Palin sitting in a church nave full of people. Swirling around them are arguments of various degrees, but Barack and Sarah, at least at this moment, are praying together for a healthful, constructive campaign and election. The Father hears their agreement and blesses them.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





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