First Thoughts
2007-11-26 by Tom Steagald

I think Will's post helps set our compass to the true North of Advent...But where is God at work, intruding in the world? I think one of our challenges is to discern God's response to, God's presence and activity in the chaos that swirls around us.

At the same time, I think the task of the church is to prompt God's work in the world--through prayer and worship. Year B's Isaiah text says, "O that you would rend the heavens and come down..." The lament is that God is more silent these days than in former days. Isaiah's word for Year A (this Sunday) is that the time will come when God will intrude and reorder, re-establish and redeem many peoples. Advent is a declaration and an invocation--the time is coming, please God, make it now!

I am reminded of the Gospel accounts of the storm on the sea, when Jesus is asleep in the boat. The terrified disciples have to wake the Lord for him to do his work. A friend of mine in a Pentecostal tradition says that that is how he understands worship (and why it takes longer at his place than mine)--they are waking the Lord.

The second Sunday of Advent will summon God to rouse our hearts. This first Sunday we announce that God will rouse God's-self to do the promised work, and we plead for God to get on with it.





God on the move...
2007-11-26 by Will Willimon

It's Advent.  All of the lections speak of a God who intrudes, moves, initiates, and acts.  Much of our current talk about God, in the mainline church, tends toward Deism--a God who is caring and compassionate but never actually does anything.

Therefore a great Advent challenge for us preachers in the Protestant mainline is to render a God who actually intervenes, acts, and moves.   

At least those are some of my initial thoughts on Advent and preaching on this First Sunday of Advent.





This Week!
2007-11-26 by David Howell

Will Willimon is our guest blogger. He has been called a "Trans-Homiletical-Voyager." Not really...but he does make every list of "best preachers in America", etc. Will is the former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, and he is presently Bishop of North Alabama (UMC). We are honored to have him share his thoughts this week.

Over in the Sermon Feedback Cafe enjoy a cup of White Christmas Coffee (a combination of hazelnut and cinnamon) and the art of The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. The Festival of Homiletics will be held in Minneapolis, May 19-23. Dr. Willimon will speak at the Festival. Post your sermon for Sunday in the Cafe, and (if he has time) Will might offer you some feedback.





Homiletical Hot Tub
2007-11-23 by David Howell

We are renaming this blog. Plus, anyone may submit an article now by clicking on Submit an Article above. Your article will be reviewed by an administrator and if approved will be posted on this blog. This blog is for posting your thoughts on the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. Come on in, the water (and hospitality) is warm...everyone is welcome. (The words need to be your words and not copyrighted material of others.)

Please post your sermons on Sermon Feedback Cafe. Go to Homepage, then to Share It and Sermon Feedback Cafe and Submit Your Own.





Christ the Good Politician
2007-11-23 by David Howell

David von Schlichten has a timely sermon Christ the Good Politician in the Sermon Feedback Cafe. Go to Homepage, then to Share It and Sermon Feedback Cafe and Submit Your Own to offer him feedback and dialogue. Chef Jean Paul promises..."no turkey sandwiches today..." He's fixing fruit smoothies for those who ate too much yesterday.

My brother has posted a Shrimp a'la Creole recipe in the Divine Cuisine. We're competitive (like Jacob and Essau), and he alway tries to "one-up" me and looks like he has done it again.

And thanks to all for their posts below...even Martin Luther!





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