First look at texts
2010-01-19 by Scott D. Hill

Looking at this week’s texts, what riches we have! In 1 Corinthians 12, one of the great statements of the nature of the church, and with ample humor, too! Jesus’ mission statement in Luke 4 is a text I keep coming back to for clarity and direction. Both of them speak to the tragedy in Haiti that is so much on our minds. Nehemiah, of course, deals much with rebuilding, but not so much in this text (chapter 8) and maybe it’s a little soon to apply that to Haiti. Psalm 19 connects with the “goodness of the law” theme in Nehemiah in such stirring, lovely words. If you never or rarely preach on Psalms, this might be a good time. What strikes me today is verse 12 and 13. In public and close to home, I am reminded of good people who have such a hard time seeing where they have gone wrong. And others, I’m sure, see it in me.             Should be a fun week!



Introducing guest blogger
2010-01-19 by Scott D. Hill

Introducing Guest Blogger

 

Hi, I’m Scott Hill, guest blogger for the week! I’m a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor in Corydon, Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky. A Milwaukee native, I’ve also served churches in Ithaca, NY and Kankakee, IL, as well as serving the church in Egypt and Morocco. I am a great fan of the Festival of Homiletics.

            In preaching and worship design, I am often drawn to the powerful visual aspects that are in the text, ready for us to use. And of course I love a good story.

           

            





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Post-Sermon Reflection
2010-01-17 by David von Schlichten

Today's sermon, based on John 2, declared that Christ gives many of us abundance and calls us to share that abundance with others. I noted, though, that sometimes we lack abundance, and we are to help each other deal with the lack. 

Regarding Haiti, I challenged people not just to help the Haitians but to learn more about them. The sermon concluded with a celebration of the abundance God has given the Church through baptism, holy communion, Scripture, prayer, forgiveness, and one another. Best of all, we have the abundance called eternal life. See the cafe for the sermon.

One parishioner said that the sermon was one of my top ten, but I don't know what he liked about it.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Haiti
2010-01-15 by David von Schlichten

How do we help preachers respond to the crisis in Haiti in a way that leads, not only to assistance for the Haitians, but also to a change in thinking that propels us Christians away from a mentality that enables the ongoing subjugation of peoples?

Of course we should help Haiti with all our might, but what can we do so that we are not just coming to the rescue of Haitians but are also learning about their culture and seeing Haitians, not only as victims, but primarily as people?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





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