Vote on Seminarian Sermon
2010-04-07 by David Howell

The voting for GoodPreacher Seminarian Sermon Award is in the final stage. Many students submitted sermons, and two sermons received the most votes on our website.
These two sermons are now in YouTube format. Please experience the sermons and vote. The one that receives the most votes receives a complimentary registration to the
Festival of Homiletics, a free room, and $200 in expense money.

Premium Goods
By Donna Olivia Powell

Part 1

Good News or Bad News?
By Sarah Pomerantz

Part 1

Part 2

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Resurrection Sunday and MLK
2010-04-03 by David von Schlichten

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4. I will incorporate the remembrance of this event into my Resurrection Day sermon.

On Good Friday I spoke about the hymn "Were You There?" and slavery, proclaiming that, through his suffering on the cross, Christ identifies with the suffering of all the oppressed.

Tomorrow I will proclaim that, through Christ, God liberates us all from slavery, grants us the ultimate freedom, to which we are to respond by serving all.

Yours in the Triduum,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Things we need to believe to see
2010-04-01 by Bill Hayes

I was driving down Irby Street in my current hometown of Florence, SC, this afternoon when I noticed the sign at "Jumping J's" -- a local seafood restaurant.  The sign read:

 "Some things have to be believed to be seen"

Hmm .. That'll certainly preach ... and maybe give a new angle to the Thomas story next week, or at least one that members of my congregation will relate to because many of them will have seen the sign by next Sunday! 

   

 

 





The Passion and Death as April Fool's Joke
2010-03-31 by David von Schlichten

God outwits Satan with what looks like defeat and death but which is really victory and life.

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





You Know...
2010-03-30 by Stephen Schuette

H. Richard Niebuhr said that revelation is history read backwards.  That’s how you can see the transformation and begin to get a glimpse into the intention God had all along.

It’s fair to say that the Gospels were written backwards.  The transfiguration in the middle of the synoptics suggests that it’s often difficult to distinguish Jesus from the Risen Christ.  And especially when you read with the end in mind, oddly, the “confusion” is even more “clear” throughout.

So looking back you see…  Augustus thought he was calling for a census to collect taxes, but in God’s plan it provided for the Bethlehem event.  His parents thought he was lost when he said simply, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  The temptations are an attempt to win Jesus away, but they only prove his strength and purpose.  Peter wondered what he could learn about fishing from Jesus; it turned out, everything.  Why was a man born blind?  To prove the power of God, of course.  Why did the seed go into the ground? So it could yield ten to a hundred-fold.  Why were the hungry crowds not sent away?  So the disciples could see what was possible.  Why was a wayward son lost?  So there could be rejoicing when he returns and reconciliation could take place with a brother and a father in a relationship they never knew they had before.  Why was Zacchaeus troubled enough to climb a tree?  So Jesus could bring salvation to his house.  Why was Jesus crucified?  You know the answer.

“You know…” says Peter in Acts 10:36.  You can see it.  Ala Paul, they thought they were killing Jesus.  They were killing death.  The cross is the symbol of this transformation, a testimony to what God intended all along:  death to life.

And what the history reveals or illuminates for today is God at work.  It provides the interpretative tool that opens the eyes.  See it?  See it in your life?  God will never force you to see it.  Nor can we in genuine fellowship with one another try to press someone in the middle of their journey.  We cannot reveal to one another what is God’s to reveal.  There’s a lot of just “hanging around” after the death of Jesus...grieving, wondering, doubting.  But hang around words long enough and you might begin to read.  Something of the true story emerges.  Amazement can take hold.

A blessed Easter…





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