Welcome, Everybody!
2008-01-25 by Bill Carter

Thanks for logging on. I'll post some initial thoughts on a text or two on Sunday evening. See you then!

Bill Carter 





Outline of Call
2008-01-25 by rick brand

For the for what it is worth department, I have found the Matthew text to speak to me along this line.

a. How often prison, jails, and bars play a pivotal role in the great moments of history. Mandela, King, Bonhoeffer, etc.

b. The journey to Capernaum affirms that Jesus is a part of a long steady plan of God.

c. Jesus calls his administration for the kingdom

      Jesus calls before we are looking

       Jesus calls without regard to merit of those called

       Jesus calls to service not privilege: to speak and to heal, to preach and reconcil.

        We always have a choice not to respond. We can stay with the nets.





"Other" and "Us"
2008-01-24 by Stephen Schuette

I appreciate the geographical background…  As I think of the images of the text they begin to compound upon each other...geographical areas of mixed cultures/religions, the openness of the call to repentance itself as well as the transformation inherent in the call, the counter-cultural calling of disciples that were not tracked for study with a Rabbi but were already shifted to follow their Father (Zebedee) in the family trade of fishing (see Rob Bell), and finally fishing with nets.

 

Later, in the parable of the Kingdom Jesus affirms that nets catch fish of every kind (13:47).  And while there may be final judgment, there is also the suggestion a few verses before that wheat and weeds are best left growing together (13:29).

 

Combine that with the disputes of various factions in Corinth (1C 1:10-18) and the texts call for us to struggle with who is included and excluded, who is ‘other,’ and what it means to live in community where all ‘otherness’ is so powerfully overcome in Jesus.

 

An exploration of how to be both faithful and open seems to be suggested by the texts…that itself would be radically “other” in a new way. 





Apology
2008-01-24 by David von Schlichten

Dear Siblings,

I apologize that I am unable to post highlights of "Lectionary Homiletics" this week. Also, it is a joy to have Ron Allen blogging for us again. Unfortunately, with a crisis for one of my parishioners coupled with me teaching a class and getting ready to take the GRE on Saturday, I have not had the time for the hot tub. Sorry, Ron.

I thank you all for your patience, and I assure you I will be back in the tub next week, always

Yours in Christ,

 David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





This Week!
2008-01-21 by David Howell

It's great to have Ron Allen blogging again this week (see his first post below). We are fortunate to have so many distinguished scholars and preachers to blog on the texts.

And we are fortunate to have David von Schlichten post his sermons in the Sermon Feedback Cafe. His sermon from January 20 is there for you to read since you probably heard only your own sermon on Sunday.

There are new recipes in Divine Cuisine. Go to Homepage and to Share It! Also for those who have not yet subscribed to GoodPreacher.com, there are free samples this week in Share It! See Free Samples, Movie Reviews, Stories, etc. Subscribers have 60 or more articles like these per week.





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