Coming Guest Bloggers
2007-12-28 by David Howell

Paul Wilson (see below) is already giving us some stimulating ideas for the texts on January 13. We look forward to more thoughts from Paul. Paul is regarded as one of the top homiletical minds in the world.

Our guest blogger for the texts on January 7 will be Dean Snyder. Since 2002, Dean has been the senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church, a diverse congregation in Washington, DC, committed to inclusion and social justice. He formerly served on the staffs of United Methodist annual conferences in Maryland/DC and Pennsylvania and as a pastor of Philadelphia's downtown Arch Street United Methodist Church and Tioga United Methodist Church, a primarily African-American congregation in North Philadelphia. He has preached in settings as diverse as Sunday morning worship at St. Paul's Cathedral in London and the annual conference sessions of the United Methodist Church of Liberia. Foundry Church's growth during the past several years has been as the result of the growing presence of young adults in the congregation.

Rina Terry has shared with us a recipe for Winter Salad of Warm Red Lentils. I want to try that. More recipes are coming soon in the Divine Cuisine. Rina has also reviewed Water for Elephants in the Book Review section. There are also several sermons for December 30 in the Sermon Feedback Cafe. Go to Homepage and Share It! Remember that anyone can submit to Share It! or to the Homiletical Hot Tub. Just click on the submit button.

Furthermore, subscribers have access to more than 50 articles and sermons each week.





Grace and Truth
2007-12-26 by Tom Steagald

I am thinking of preaching this Sunday on the Prologue, and especially the phrase, "full of grace and truth." I am not normally inclined to parse a phrase, but I have had some pretty painful confrontation of late with a church member, and a former LUTHERAN of all things, who really seems to believe that Law is stronger than Grace. She is full of truth, as it were, but not so full of grace. Of course, my encounter with her--my suggesting that her attitude was akin to the Pharisees after all--led me to a deeper introspection... I am wondering how often in my own life I am more a symbol of truth than of grace.

Of course, the other could be argued as well--that there are some who are so full of grace, so-called, that there is no concern with truth at all. I am reminded of NT Wright's dictum that when the God of biblical faith is, as it were, dethroned, the result is not that people do not believe in anyting but that in fact they will believe in anything.

But if Jesus is full of grace and truth--neither without the other--there must be some sort of call for us as his followers to be of the same, dare I say it, ousios as he. Of one substance with the Savior. Jesus was clear on the commandments, did not come to set them aside; he quoted the scriptures. But he was gracious. He made inclusive use of orthodoxy, as it were.

Anyway, that is how my thinking is working at this point. I do think that such ruminations are informed by textual and historical questions such as we have had tutorial on this week... but wonder how the grace/truth diad inform the questions.

Just wondering.





Post-postscript
2007-12-25 by Alan Meyers

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. von Schlichten! I have enjoyed being guest blogger.   -- Alan



Important postscript!
2007-12-24 by Alan Meyers

To all who read these posts, and especially to you who administer this blog:

I wish you a blessed Christmas, and a joyful 2008!

Sincerely,

Alan Meyers 

 





Christmas Presents This Week
2007-12-24 by David Howell

Do your last minute shopping in the Sermon Feedback Cafe. The Sermon Santa dropped off sacks of fresh Columbian coffee beans.

Seriously, there is some fine sermon reading in the Cafe. Dave von Schlichten and Stephen Schuette have posted their Christmas Eve sermons. And Brother Biddle has made his holiday appearance.

Thanks to Alan Meyers for his posts this week and watch the Cafe for his sermon on Matthew 2:13-23.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

 

 

 





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