"Lectionary Homiletics" Highlights
2008-04-24 by David von Schlichten

We look forward to Steven D. Paulson joining us among the massaging jets.

Frank M. Yamada's exegetical article is available at Free Samples from Lectionary Homiletics. Below are highlights from this week's Lectionary Homiletics articles.

Sermon Reviews”

Keith Hohly summarizes a sermon by Fred B. Craddock which proclaims that, not a place, but we Christians are the Holy Land. Hohly also summarizes a sermon by Paul Tillich which declares, among other things, that genuine truth is coupled with love.

Scripture and Screen”

Fritz Bogar explains how the movie As Good As It Gets illustrates the transforming strength of love. Melvin (Jack Nicholson) is a self-centered, obsessive-compulsive misanthrope who cares only about himself. Through a series of events, he ends up befriending a dog and doing a good deed for a waitress (Helen Hunt). He moves from selfish and loathsome to moving beyond himself and loving some. Likewise, loving Christ will push us beyond ourselves.

Preaching the Lesson”

Anna Carter Florence notes that calling the Holy Spirit the Advocate is to indicate that the Spirit functions like an attorney, for us, to plead our cause and to speak with God, “Word to Word” (p. 29). Moreover, perhaps God needs an attorney to plead God's cause to us to help us hear and respond to God faithfullly.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Confirmation Stuff
2008-04-22 by Tom Steagald

David v...

There is always that nice circumcision/bar mitzvah//baptism/confirmation approach--God claims you, we mark you and then teach you the meaning of that scar/water mark...

If you are going textual rather than topical, the first thought that came to my mind was the Elijah texts... that is, after the contest on Carmel, when he is fed spiritual food and then arrives at the Mount of God, where there is fire and earthquake...and God is not in any of those but God is in the stillness, the voice in that sheer silence.

Noisey world that this is, so filled with bluster and pyrotechnics (and not counting the campaign season), how wonderful to believe and hope that in silence, if we can cultivate a little, there is a Voice above the words, Presence beyond the wilderness, Calm to answer the chaos. Confirmation is a kind of "on the road" blessing that reminds us of who we are and who God is.

Just a thought.

 





Earth Day
2008-04-22 by CJ Teets

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CONFIRMATION Proclamation
2008-04-21 by David von Schlichten

I have confirmation this Sunday and am thinking I will do a topical sermon on confirmation. What do confirmands need to hear?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Our guest preaching blogger this week is
2008-04-21 by CJ Teets

Steven D. Paulson

Steven is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary. He went to college to study aeronautical engineering but took a "wrong" turn, ending up in seminary. He worked his way through seminary as a psychiatric counselor, and now he is our guest lectionary preaching blogger for the week.

Steven's doctor of theology degree is from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He served as a parish pastor, spent seven years as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, before joining the Luther faculty in 1998.





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