PREACHING ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
2014-02-14 by David von Schlichten

1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

1 in 4 women will experience a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during college.

In the US, about three women are killed every day by an intimate partner.

91% of all rape victims are women, and 99% of all perpetrators are men.

Women in the US make 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

1 in 6 women will be stalked.

When was the last time you preached on violence against women?

 

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





PREACHING DURING THE EPIPHANY SEASON
2014-01-03 by David von Schlichten

Here are some sermon ideas for the season.

LIGHT: Light is the fastest thing there is and is comprised of many colors. What are some other properties of light, and how might they, well, illumine a sermon?

In what ways do we experience God's light? What looks like God's light but isn't really? How do we use light imagery for the blind? 

JOURNEY OF THE MAGI: T.S. Eliot's poem on this topic could be helpful for sermon preparation. Also, while the poem is too long to be quoted in its entirety in a sermon, an excerpt could be quoted to good effect. You should be able to find this poem easily online, but if you can't, contact me. Check it out. It's first-rate.

Also, we can invite hearers to think about how they are on a journey following the star. What difficulties do we face? What gifts do we bring?

BAPTISM: Why did Christ need to be baptized? We can invite hearers to ponder this question.

Also, we can use Christ's baptism to get us thinking about our own. In addition, the story of Jesus' baptism can lead to reflections on the Trinity, since all three person are present in the story.

What other themes emerge during this effulgent season?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





Lion and Lamb; Isaiah 11:1-10 and Advent
2013-12-06 by David von Schlichten

This prophecy has an already/not yet quality. Has this prophecy been fulfilled? Yes and no. In the present is an imperfect peace that is a prolepsis of the eschatological peace.

The poetry describes this peace in terms of animals not trying to kill each other or flee each other, but we can extend this imagery to people. In a sermon, you could invite people to imagine enemy groups or individuals getting along.

For instance, just as we will have the lion lyiing with the lamb, we will also have the Republican not squabbling with the Democrat. What are some other unities that we can imagine we shall see in the peeacable kingdom, and how can we help to start bringing about those unities now?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Laziness
2013-11-15 by David von Schlichten

This passage says that those who don't work shouldn't eat, and I can hear my some of my parishioners looking self-righteously down on people on welfare. However, this passage is certainly not condemning welfare. 

Rather, the passage is criticizing those who were refusing to work because they had decided that there was no point due to the imminence of the parousia. The writer of the epistle is urging those people to keep working.

In a sermon on this passage, then, we might consider what excuses we make to delay engaging in meaningful activity.

Laziness is a symptom of a deeper issue. What might that deeper issue be, and how can we help people overcome it?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





2 Kings 5: Lessons from Naaman's Healing
2013-10-11 by David von Schlichten

Forget the Ten Lepers. Focus your sermon on this Old Testament gem. Start off by explaining the story, since many in the pews will be unfamiliar with it and won't fully grasp it just by hearing it read. Next, lift up one or more of the many themes in the story, such as:

1. the important role of servants;

2. the relationship between humility and healing;

3. God's openness to healing outsiders.

What else?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





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