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2011-03-30 by David Howell

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2011 Graduating Seminarians submitted sermons to be eligible for the 2011 GoodPreacher Seminarian Sermon Award. The top 2 vote receivers have prepared a YouTube version of a sermon. The person with the most votes will receive a complimentary registration to the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, $200.00 in expense money, and be recognized at the Festival on Monday evening. Vote for one sermon by April 15. The winner will be announced by May 1.) 





Preaching John 9:1-41
2011-03-27 by David Howell

by Anna Carter Florence

Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

Why does it always come back to this question?—"Whose fault is it?"

You’re doing dishes in the kitchen when a baseball flies through the window with a crash. Picking your way through the broken glass, you peer through the hole in the window and see two boys, frozen in horror. One holds a baseball bat; the other wears a glove. They are both speechless for exactly five seconds, and then each begins to shout, pointing at the other:

"I told you not to hit it toward the house!"

"What?! You’re the one who made me stand in this spot!"

"But I didn’t hit the ball, stupid!"

"You pitched it! And it was your idea to play in the first place!"

As their voices rise in decibels and the shouting match turns ugly, you realize they are waiting for you to decide: Whose fault is it, that the baseball went through the window?

The couple sits down in the doctor’s office, waiting for her report. They have been trying for two years to get pregnant, with no success; now, they want to know why. Last week they came in for the battery of tests that will begin to give them some answers, but as the doctor sees the tension in their faces, how they are unable to look at one another or hold hands, she knows how the couple is framing their questions:

Is she the one—is it her inability to conceive?

Is he the one—is his sperm count too low?

Is it her organs that are malfunctioning?

Is it his stress that is interfering?

The doctor opens the folder in front of her and takes a deep breath. The question hangs heavy in the air: Whose fault is it, that we cannot have a baby?

It’s your twenty-fifth high school reunion, and you can’t wait to catch up with your old friends. It’s been years since you were all together. Everyone is there—everyone except Joe and Beth. "Aren’t they coming?" you ask, and your friends shake their heads, sadly. "I guess you haven’t heard," says one; "Joe and Beth are getting a divorce." You sit in stunned silence. "No!" you say, numbly; "not Joe and Beth!"

Was it an affair?

Was it a midlife crisis?

Did he hit her?

Did she drink?

"What happened?" you whisper, not even sure you want to know the truth. And there is that question again: Whose fault is it, that this marriage didn’t last?

Maybe it’s human instinct, to find fault. Maybe it’s a coping mechanism, to keep the great void at bay. If we know whose fault it is, at least we have a way to understand what has happened. At least we have a way to explain our part in it. Even better, we may find a way to excuse our part in it—which is to say, to put the responsibility squarely on another’s shoulders. If our only job is to find out whose fault it is, we can be assured of some retributive satisfaction: someone will pay for what goes wrong.

Do you see this, where you are? When the basement floods, when the church budget comes up short, when the sermon falls flat, why are we so quick to ask, "How could this have happened?" And when we determine whose fault it was, why does the fault-finding so quickly turn to blame?

I’m not sure the disciples are looking to lay blame in this scene, by the way. They aren’t out for blood and retribution; they’re just curious. They really want to know...(continued in GoodPreacher.com)




Steve
2011-03-25 by David von Schlichten

I will greatly miss Steve Schuette's contributions here in the Hot Tub. He was faithful, intelligent, creative, dependable, and pastoral with his many contributions.

Thanks be to God for Steve's life and for the gift of eternal life he has because of Christ. God bless all those who mourn his death, especially his family and the members of his congregation.

We will miss you deeply, Steve.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Sad Day
2011-03-24 by David Howell

We join with the congregation of the Bethel United Church of Christ, Elmhurst, IL, in mourning the loss of their pastor, Rev. Steve Schuette, who died March 17, 2011.

He was a regular blogger at www.GoodPreacher.com and a writer for Lectionary Homiletics.

He will be greatly missed by all.





Where do you get this water?
2011-03-21 by David Howell

...You may ask where you get water like this, as the woman at the well asked of Jesus. The answer, of course, is that you don’t get it at all. It gets you. It comes unexpectedly, as you sit by a well doing the familiar and someone speaks in a way that catches you off guard. It comes as a gift. Like the best gifts of all, it comes without earning, the abundant expression of affection that flows from the heart of the giver. It comes in seeing your worth reflected in the eyes of another. It comes in the word of forgiveness sought and forgiveness given. It comes in facing the sufferings that we have endured and the ones we have inflicted; and, God help us, it is discovering that for all the wells we have visited and all the springs from which we have drunk, this is the one we have sought all along, because he is there, in Spirit and in Truth—because He is there.

Jon M. Walton, pastor of The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, will speak at the Festival of Homiletics in May.

The above is from his preaching article in Lectionary Homiletics/GoodPreacher this week.

 





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