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!





God's Alternative Reality
2007-11-22 by Dee Dee Haines

Part of the experience of being an American living and serving abroad means that today is not a public holiday.  We, like the rest of the world, give thanks daily but there is not a day set aside that compares to the festivity that surrounds American Thanksgiving Day.  I also stand with my friends, and neighbours, when it is appropriate to sing, “God Save the Queen.”  So, Christ the King Sunday, is received, and pondered, in a different context than that of my family in Iowa.  I think that most of my congregation might conclude that the American Presidency has more influence than the Monarchy.  I do!   Looking at the other blog entries, I guess you might think that too!

 

The assigned text from Luke, with its graphic imagery, has the potential to capture our attention before we make a conscious decision to step into the story. This week’s text has, within it, picture echoes of the tempting of Christ (He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah…If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.), and his response to each invitation.  In the temptation story, Jesus consistently offers a resistance that is grounded in God’s alternative reality.  Each reply undermines any worldly value with a Kingdom cost that begs every disciple to grapple with a question:  Do my choices contribute to the building of God’s empire or do they promote, and sustain, an unjust status quo? 

 (I recognise this week’s comments from Charles Grant that are of great value: “No wonder, that in recent years some theologians have tried to talk not about KING-dom but about KIN-dom.  That is, what we are really working for is a divinely led kin-dom or holy community in which all persons are equal, as opposed to a KING-dom of ruler and ruled.”) 

 

Today’s text also offers God’s alternative reality.   In the face of mocking, torture and death, forgiveness floods the scene of impossibility with a glimpse of God’s promise of paradise.

The powerful message of forgiveness in the text beckons us, as readers, to consider our own power to grant forgiveness.  What will family gatherings look like if Auntie Nell and her sister, Rita, decide to speak to each other again?  How will our next door neighbour’s life be changed if they aren’t required to return the money they borrowed for an emergency?  How could our lives, and even the Advent season be changed if we decidedly focus on our own power to forgive? This is the power that is called forth from each of us, in response to the forgiveness we have received through Christ the King. 

 

Our choices are always grounded in questions about how we will make use of the power we each possess.  It is a poignant and complex consideration, made even more difficult by the approaching season of Advent where we are seduced, by our culture, into thinking we can substitute the absence of so many things with material possessions.  In addition, any discussion should invite us to consider that we are often fooled.  We aren’t very good at understanding what our ‘real power’ is.  So we try to manage, or mismanage, something that is really outside of our reach while neglecting to exercise the gifts that are undeniably placed within us by the Creator, to be used for good. 

 

The last Sunday before Advent can provide an opportunity for grounding, so that the texts heard in the coming weeks will be accompanied by an undeniable and unforgettable memory of the cross, where we grasp the depth of God’s gracious love for humanity, and the cost. 

 In Christ,

Dee Dee Haines

Isle of Man  





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