Amos, Sabbath-Abuse, Poor-Abuse
2010-09-18 by David von Schlichten

For Sunday, September 19, I will preach on Amos, providing people with an overview of the book. I will emphasize the book's critique of northern Israel engaging in exploitation of the poor as well as empty piety. Indeed, misuse of worship and exploitation of the poor are related. I will point out ways that we are guilty of such sins and then go on to proclaim how Christ has saved us, despite our sins.

I will post the sermon at the cafe soon.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Thank you, Stephen Schuette and David von Schlichten!
2010-09-16 by David Howell

Many thanks to Stephen Schuette and David von Schlichten for their consistent and thoughtful contributions to the Homiletical Hot Tub.



Un-Other One Another on October 11
2010-09-15 by David von Schlichten

I am sick of pastors and so-called Christians who encourage othering, the categorizing as inferior people who are different from oneself. Othering is fundamentally unChristian.

So I am proposing that we all observe October 11 as Un-Other Day, on which we will celebrate tolerance and accepting one another as equals. I encourage people to wear every color of the rainbow on that day as a way of embracing humanity's diversity.

Un-Othering. We could preach about the book of Jonah, in which Jonah is challenged by God to un-other the Ninevites, and then invite parishioners to un-other one another. The Good Samaritan would be another effective un-othering text.

We can preach that we are to un-other one another. Sure beats burning a Qur'an.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Messianic Sarcasm?
2010-09-15 by David von Schlichten

Like most of us, I don't fully understand the story of the dishonest manager. It's often called a parable, but the text doesn't call it that. Perhaps it is just a story that says, "Here's some shrewdness that sinful people engage in. We children of light would do well to apply shrewdness to our devotion to God and proclaiming of the Good News."

Then there's the exhortation for us to make friends by means of dishonest wealth. What's that mean? Perhaps Jesus is being sarcastic. It's as if he's saying, "Sure, you go ahead and make friends with your dishonest wealth. See how far that gets you when it comes to God and eternal life. Let me know how that works for you."

Stephen Schuette and guest blogger Rina Terry do a better job of reflecting on this passage than I. Scroll down to sit in the tub with them. I don't really know what to make of this parable. Maybe I'll say that in Sunday's sermon.

What I do know is that we are to do our best to be honest and to be stewards who glorify God, including by serving those in need. The overall message of Jesus' ministry supports such conclusions.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Welcome, Rina Terry!
2010-09-14 by David Howell

A warm welcome to our returning guest blogger, Rev. Rina Terry!

The Reverend Rina Terry is currently pastor of Cape May United Methodist Church in Cape May, New Jersey.  That's Exit Zero on the Garden State Parkway.  She is a published author and former college administrator.

She spent much of her clergy career as Supervisor of Religious Services at Bayside State Prison, an adult male facility with a population of 2,400 men.

Jazz is Rev. Terry's primary spiritual discipline. 

 

 





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