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

Or Maybe Not
2008-04-04 by Tom Steagald

Hey, David...

Forgive me for disagreeing, but I wonder if that passive is not divine at all, but to the contrary quite human. By that I mean it is clear that the disciples, at least those we know about, had very different expectations of who Jesus was and what his coming meant. This leads to disappointment and disaffections when Jesus does not fulfill those expectations. In the text, Cleopas and his friend refer to Jesus as a prophet, they talk about their hope that he was the one to redeem Israel...which sounds very political to me. I guess that is the traditional account, that these kinds of predispositions put blinders on the disciples.

Also, from the baptism of Jesus in Jordan to the Transfiguration, God is busy revealing who Jesus is by means of heavenly speech. "This is my Son..."

Which is not to say that the blindness, whatever its origin, is altogether a bad thing. In fact, it allows for sight (along the lines of John 9), when Jesus (whether with mud and spit or with the words of the prophets and Moses) makes the blind to see--which is a revelation of God's glory through him.

Many images cluster in these verses!


Allen Fisher and "Lectionary Homiletics" Highlights
2008-04-03 by David von Schlichten

A big, holy hot tub welcome goes out to Allen Fisher who is helping us to see the new life in the old stories that we have become blind to due to familiarity. Scroll down and, with humor and perspicacity, Fisher will help the scales to fall from your eyes.

Also, you can go to Share It! and then Free Samples from Lectionary Homiletics to read Frank M. Yamada's exegetical article for Luke 24:13-35.

Below are highlights from this week's articles in Lectionary Homiletics:

Theological Themes”

Priscilla Pope-Levison makes several eye-opening points. First, she notes that the post-resurrection appearances are unfortunately absent from the Creeds. She goes on to lift two points from the post-resurrection appearances.

The first is that Jesus' appearance bears some physical resemblance to his pre-resurrection self. Likewise, we will have new, transformed bodies, but we will still be recognizable.

The second point about the post-resurrection appearances is that, through them, Jesus leads the disciples to greater truth about himself. These appearances contain clarifying teaching about Christ.

Pastoral Implications”

Christie Cozad Neuger contends that the use of the passive voice in verse 16 to indicate that something kept the disciples from recognizing Jesus begs the question of what kept them – and what keeps us – from seeing Christ.

Thank you, Christie, for this question. We need it. Let me add by suggesting that this usage of the passive voice indicates a divine passive and so implies that it is God himself who keeps the disciples from recognizing Jesus.

In fact, I am leaning toward preaching about this very issue of why God would keep the disciples from recognizing Jesus and why God might do the same to us.

A Sermon”

In “Sunday Dinner,” Alex Gondola begins by reminiscing with sumptuous vividness about the tradition of Sunday dinner that he (and many of us) grew up with. He goes on to stress how prominent meals are in Jesus' ministry and then provides a nourishing and palatable meditation on the Lord's Supper.

Gondola proclaims the toothsome multi-valence of the Lord's Supper, including that it somehow contains Christ's presence, is a memorial, a reconciliation event between God and humanity, a sending out (mass), and a uniting of people living and dead, present and absent. Even grandma can't match such a Sunday meal.

By the way, there is at least one food reference in every chapter of Luke.

I'm still chewing on that piquant divine passive and what to do with it. Perhaps I can bring together the divine passive of verse sixteen with reflections on Holy Communion.

Festival's coming next month. I can't wait! Splashing in the tub with excitement, I am

Ever yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator

On Being Changed
2008-03-31 by Allen Fisher

“Arrgghhh! What’s happening to me?” It’s the clichéd way to narrate a profound transformation in ‘B’ science fiction movies or TV shows where people were morphed, paralyzed or often slowly destroyed by alien rays, wizard’s spells or other extraordinary means.



I wonder if we have not become immune to the fruits of faith, especially to the changes of heart, life-orientation and behavior that so impressed the writers and disciples in the New Testament. Are we so domesticated by our over-familiarity with the texts that the living God behind them is fogged-off from us? Do our own layers of use and misuse of these particular pericopes mean that we are no longer changed?


Have we somehow reasserted the “futile ways inherited from (y)our ancestors?”



Or is the precious blood of Christ no longer efficacious for us? “For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”



‘I am waiting to have our child baptized until she is old enough to choose for herself.’ ‘I think that our son should be exposed to as many of the world’s great religions as possible so he can make his own way.’



Where do we get this particular sort of heartburn in our lives today? "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"



Has the ‘Road to Emmaus’ (never so-named in the text) become as predictable as the commute home after another mind-numbing day at the office?


When is the risen Christ near in our talking and discussing? In the culturally infected pseudo-theological debates of the church, we seem more changed by the politics of polarization (from the culture) than from the transforming intimate and personal encounter with our Lord. Perhaps it is only the ecclesial circles in which I travel, but living in reverent fear during our time of exile has very little evidence to support it.



But that may be the point. God has acted. God has chosen. God has redeemed. In the person of Christ Jesus whom God raised from the dead. If this is true, how can we ever remain the same?



Is it ever possible for Christians to love each other deeply from the heart (let alone loving neighbor as self) without standing in the transforming, life-altering light of the resurrected One?



“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!”


‘He’ll never change.’

‘She’ll always be the same.’

I know who I am.’ ...Or not?


Editor's Note: Welcome to Allen Fisher, a parish pastor in Virginia. With his wife of 27 years, he is parent of a son and three daughters whose life journeys do much to shape his. He served churches in Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia prior to becoming pastor of The Presbyterian Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia more than a decade ago. A native of New Jersey, his undergraduate and seminary training were in the Garden State as well.


[First Page] [Prev] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 [Next] [Last Page]

Login - (This login is for administrators and bloggers. Usernames and passwords for GoodPreacher subscribers will not work here.)