Sermon Feedback Cafe!
2007-10-04 by David Howell

Wondering if the Holy Spirit really inspired that sermon manuscript? Or maybe feeling okay about the sermon but still wanting a little feedback?

Post your sermon at Sermon Feedback Cafe! And your peers will offer their suggestions to help you improve your sermon. (See Share It!)

It would be helpful to your peers to offer a brief summary for the setting/audience for the sermon.

Don't worry...we'll be gentle...we struggle too!

Have a cup of coffee and enjoy.






2007-10-04 by David Howell





Book Club
2007-10-04 by Dee Dee Haines

What makes a good book even better?  Talking about it with someone else!  Sharing thoughts, opinions, and ponderings with other readers can crack open new insights and profound concepts that may only be unearthed by reading between the lines! Interested?  Help us choose our first reading for the Book Club (See Share It!) by selecting one of the suggestions from below, all published in 2007! 

Mandate to Difference:  An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, Walter Brueggemann 

A peek inside:  1st chapter:  “The Good News of Regime Change” 

Preaching as Testimony.  Anna Carter Florence 

A peek inside:  Part One:  “Waking Up the Details: Stories of Testimony” 

The Mystery of the Child, Martin A. Marty 

A peek inside:  4th Chapter:  “The Child as Mystery” 

Choose the book that is of most interest to you! Email: Dee Dee Haines preciouscayman@yahoo.com with your choice. We will let you know on October 11 the book most requested and look for the first comments at the Book Club (See Share It!) after that!  Hope to see you there sharing your reactions and comments!

At some point, we hope to have the author visit the Book Club to interact with us. 



Divine Cuisine
2007-10-04 by David Howell

Check out the growing number of recipes in Divine Cuisine (see Share It!). Will Willimon has promised us a recipe. Check it out often.



God has View, World Communion Sunday, Slaves, Seeds, Theodicy
2007-10-04 by David von Schlichten

The sermon is slow growing this week, but there's time. The Holy Spirit provides.

World Communion Sunday is a crucial theme to draw attention to, especially given the divisiveness of the Church and the world.

One possibility is to connect the Gospel to Christian unity. Christ does not call us to deleterious competition and hostility but to, according to Luke 17:1-10:

1. Forgiveness (verses 1-4)

2. Slavehood, obeying the master, not for a reward, but because that is what we are to do; part of slavehood is being quick to forgive; remember, it is God alone who "has View" (scroll down for Jim Somerville's blog entry on L'Engle's understanding of God having View)

Imagine if we all focused on slavehood instead of yelling insults and then stomping out of the room over homosexuality and other issues.

3. The faith the Spirit has sown in our souls will help us to forgive and be slaves; even the tiniest faith is amazingly powerful.

Then there's Habakkuk, where our first lesson comes from in my denomination (ELCA). Habakkuk deals with the perennial theodicy issue, always an important topic. Maybe, however, the Spirit wants me to save that for another Sunday.

I don't know, but I do know I need to get dressed so I can attend our monthly, inter-denominational ministerium meeting at 9:30.

We are a rainbow of ministers, ranging from very liberal to very conservative, divided on many issues, including profound ones. Nevertheless, we still can agree on some things, like that the hungry need food. Thanks be to God.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, poedifier





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