Fred Rose and Calvin at PTS
2008-04-08 by David von Schlichten

Thank you to Fred Rose, our guest blogger this week, for dropping into the hot tub to share his thoughts about the shepherd and the call for us to allow the shepherd to take care of us.

Fred's ruminations remind me of a lecture I heard yesterday at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on John Calvin. The professor taught us that Calvin preached up to five times a week and sometimes spat blood as he preached due to poor health. I lean back and forth between being in awe of Calvin's commitment and wondering if he took adequate time to allow the shepherd to care for him.

How do we strike the balance between enduring suffering (1 Peter) for the sake of the Good News and taking time to rest in the care of the shepherd?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





More Material on John 10:1-10
2008-04-08 by CJ Teets

If you checked Back Issues/Sermons earlier, you might want to take another look. We just added a few more articles. Enjoy!



Surviving When I Forget What Is Real
2008-04-07 by Fred Rose

Acts 2:42f; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19f; John 10:1f

For me the image of the early church devoting itself to teaching, fellowship, bread breaking and to the prayers show me abundant life. Here is the church being created by the Spirit. Here they are: spending time together in the Temple and in homes, eating their coverd-dish meals with glad and generous hearts. No wonder the church is growing day by day. I want to be part of this church!

In my years as a pastor, I have only occasionally experienced church like this. Sometimes I have had a hard time finding space to study myself. Sometimes fellowship is hard to find anywhere. I understand what communion is, but does anyone else? Sometimes I actually forget to pray! When I wonder where the Acts 2 church is, I will look at the Cokesbury catalogue that came in the mail today and somebody else has just written a book telling their story how the Holy Spirit has changed their ministry and it is the New Testament all over again. This sounds pretty cynical. I am genuinely grateful that God is doing great things everywhere. I really am.

Psalm 23 and the first Peter passage help us remember the call is "to be faithful not successful." This does not mean success will never happen; it will come in God's time perhaps. This is God's doing, not ours. The question some days is how to survive. The psalm has some honest helps. It reminds me of the importance of my soul being restored. When I face life's severest threats, God is with me. When I feel surrounded, God provides. Even when I think life is going south, God is looking out for me.

Several years ago, I sat in front of a psychologist friend who asked me, "What is most real to you in all of life?" It took me a moment to find my honest answers. What I told him I believe to this day. " I said, "I believe God is and that God loves me and the world so much he sent his son Jesus." My friend said very quickly to me, "You are not acting like it." I got it immediately. I realized as I sat there, I was not taking care of myself physically, spiritually, mentally or many other ways. I had poured myself out and had not taken time for prayer or for exercise or for planning my time or for the study that fed my soul. I had not acted like I believed that God truly loved me. We need to teach one another in the church the importance of the Acts 2 stuff. The Good Shepherd calls us often, but unless we are paying attention, we don't go into the pasture or by the stream where our souls can be fed and restored. If we don't do that, we are crazy...or maybe just human.





Guest Preaching Blogger This Week Is
2008-04-06 by CJ Teets

Fred Rose, the pastor at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA for the past ten years. He served two other churches in North Carolina until he came to Richmond in 1998. These days he is preoccupied with trying to balance his own stake in his congregation’s discovering a new version of itself, encouraging a staff, preparing sermons that say something useful, often being a pastor to members and finding time to be with his wife and his three grown children. More than ever he is grateful for trusted friends and people who care honestly about preaching.





I See
2008-04-04 by David von Schlichten

You raise a good point, Tom.

All this talk reminds me of Isaiah 6, where we are told that it is God's will for the people NOT to see. Hmmm.

Thanks for the illuminating comments.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





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