Buzzing in the Cafe!
2007-10-26 by David Howell

Lots of folks in the cafe talking about Pharisees and Publicans.

Join the crowd...post a response to a sermon for this Sunday or share your own for feedback.

Chef Jean Paul has brought out the good stuff: Vietnamese Coffee (hot)!

Go back to Homepage, click on Share It!, and then click on Sermon Feedback Cafe.





Sermon
2007-10-25 by David von Schlichten

I posted my sermon at the cafe. Go back to Homepage, click on Share It!, and then click on Sermon Feedback Cafe to read my sermon, which is part two of last week's sermon as well as a sermon on Luke 18 and the Reformation.

Thank you to Tom, Rick, Dee Dee, and our guest blogger, Susan Sparks, for the excellent entries below this one.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, poedifier





The Publican and the Pharisee
2007-10-24 by Tom Steagald

I am working on this text this week, familiar as it is. I would alert you who are doing the same not to miss Amy Jill-Levine's wonderful treatment of the pericope in her book, The Misunderstood Jew (Harper, 2006, pp. 40-41).

One thought that strikes me this week is that the players are both in the Temple. This may seen a small point, but as often as I have preached and taught this text I have never considered that part of it. It is not just that the Pope and a pimp went to St. Peter's to pray (Crossan), but that God does not admit one and not the other, but both--much to the Pharisee/Pope/Tom's chagrin. In sum, if the lavish hospitality of God to "outsiders" can wrankle at times we still expect that. What we can't abide is the hospitality to others within the church. Which is to say that often we are unable to be the least bit hospitable to insiders--whatever their real or imagined offense (Remember Garrison Keillor's line to the effect that "we have not spoken to the Bunsens in twenty years, I have no idea why").

Could the Pharisee's prayer even be a bit of a dig at God? I am so righteous as to make distinctions were you (God) do not? If so, his attitude is in keeping with Jonah, at least, who surely wants to make distinction regarding Ninevah where God does not and does what he can to subvert the gracious intent of God. The analogy breaks down in that Ninevites were certainly outsiders, but the desire to make distinction where God does not is still apt.

I am struggling with this business of how we in the church (and I am thinking here of my congregation but it could be extrapolated further) sometimes are prone to regard each other with more contempt than we regard those who are not in the Temple at all. If that makes any kind of sense.

It is still early.





The Cries of a Sinner
2007-10-24 by Dee Dee Haines

Thank you to Rick Brand for reminding us of the universality of all of God’s creation.  Perhaps we cannot truly understand the cry, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” without again coming to grips with the reality that everything has been fashioned by God with the intention of enjoyment for all.

Our sinful brokenness invites us to claim, for ourselves, a kind of ownership that leads to a specific virus of idolatry of self--- that is never consistent with a depth-filled understanding of grace. “It’s mine, I’ve earned it.” If we fall into this pattern of thinking, it won’t be long before it is followed by, “If so-and-so worked as hard as I do, they’d have what they need.” 

I remember when I first moved into this manse.  There was a lovely view of the hillside from the south facing conservatory.  And then a builder began to uproot the vegetation and fashion a new structure that totally obscured the vision of what had once been a source of peace and tranquillity.  I remember saying to someone, “They’ve ruined my view.” A very wise man said to me, “Oh, it’s your view, is it?” 

It’s a humbling experience to embrace the concept that everything we have is not only provided by God, but also under God’s guardianship.  Surely, any humble confession must begin with this basic concept that we have to learn again, and again.

Thanks, Rick, for the thoughtful reminder!

Dee Dee Haines  



Psalm 65
2007-10-24 by Rick Brand

Indeed, David has mentioned that there are other texts in the lectionary. We are in Stewardship campaign. We are having rain for the first time in ages. In my town we are exactly where Psalm 65 is--we are full of praise and thanksgiving for all the blessings we have. We are also full of the recognition that we do not really deserve all thes blessings considering what we have done to the world: war in Iraq, pollution, wasteful consumerism, refusal to demand of ourselves sacrifices. 

In Iona, where they have no street lights, we were amazed again at the brillance of the stars, and these are the same stars that all people see. The recognitions of the blessings of nature carry us towards a recognition of our universal humanity. There are no American stars or Egyptian stars. The rain today could have been in the rivers in China yesterday. The God of creation is the Lord of all worlds.

The last part of the Psalm rolls out amazing thanksgiving for the gift of fertility rooted in water. We have watched that as well in our area. The lack of water and the lack of crops is a very serious problem.

Psalm 65 says it all for us right now. If we are this grateful for what we have, what are we going to do to express and share that joy?

 





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