Sermon for 5/8/16: The True Disciple

Isaiah 40:27-31 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Suggested scripture readings are from Brian McLaren's alternative lectionary in his book We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).

Happy Mother's Day, Reverend!   Borestone Mountain, Maine, 2003

Happy Mother's Day, Reverend!   Borestone Mountain, Maine, 2003

Sermon Notes

Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles Lane (reference and public library) was a book a number of my colleagues used in their churches a few years back. Check it out for my stewardship discusions.  I was always curious about it so here we are now.  And for the insights on containers, see this little book of powerful devotions by Richard Rohr called Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr: daily reflections for Advent (reference and public library).  Not the season but if the shoe fits...

This Week's Sermon: When the Stars Begin to Fall

Daniel 7:9-28 and Luke 1:67-79

Suggested Scripture Readings from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren

Boston   1999

Boston   1999

Sermon Notes
Here's a link to a poem by Jane Kenyon.  I read her beautiful words to begin Advent worship.
 

I did a fair amount of research preparing for this sermon, mostly because talking about apocalyptic literature in the Bible is so complicated especially given recent world events in the Middle East and Europe. Click titles to links. Here's a good introduction to the Book of Daniel in the New American Bible from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Graham Beynon has some useful material as well in his article The Message of Daniel -- thoughtful reflection on the questions the biblical author pushes us toward like our relationships as people of faith and as Americans to foreign nations.  Although, I should say I do not fall into his camp dating the Book of Daniel to the 6th Century BCE.  I'm with the historical-critical school on this one.  And of course, can't leave out the Lutherans.  Although written in the 1990s, this article by Wendell W. Frerichs titled "How Many Weeks until the End?" has helpful language you will hear infusing the sermon.  He very helpfully says that the visibility of violent regimes signals their impending decay, a major talking point near the close of my sermon. Such a great thought for our times! 

Here's a link to the referenced David Brooks op-ed on resilience and storytelling:



I read a passage aloud on the difference between hoping and wishing from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren to close worship.  It's in Chapter 14.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of resources.  Hope some of it is helpful to you along the way.
 

 

This Week's Sermon: Strawberry Picking and Religious Violence

Deuteronomy 7:1-11, Psalm 149:1-9, and Matthew 15:21-29

These suggested Bible passages are taken from We Make the Road by Walkng by Brian McLaren as we follow his weekly cycle.  They are abbreviated from his original list.

Brooding over the Deep                                                Wild Goose Festival 2014

Brooding over the Deep                                                Wild Goose Festival 2014

Sermon Notes
      The following resources are just the beginning of the many amazing possibilities for studying the intersections between economics, power, and religion.  My sermon this week is just a small grazing on this vast, vast field.  I've listed some of my favorites.  Some I've investigated deeply; some less so.  I commend them to you for further study: 

1) Krista Tippett has conducted the following interviews and posted links on her website, OnBeing. org.  Click these links for more: Scott Atran on understanding the roots of terrorism, Jonathan Sacks on The Dignity of Difference, and Jon Paul Lederach on The Art of Peace.
2) Not in God's Name -- Film and more resources (Haven't watched it yet...)
3) For a bit of history, Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career by James M. Kittleson
 

Trailblazers and Mapmakers

Exodus 19 and 20:1-21 and Matthew 22:34-40

Suggested Scripture Readings come from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren with my own addition of Exodus 19.

Sunrise on Mount Sinai                                                                  Egypt      June 2000

Sunrise on Mount Sinai                                                                  Egypt      June 2000

Sermon Notes

A beautiful online devotion from the The High Calling served as a lens for my discussion about the Burning Bush.  I then applied that to this week's selection on the giving of the commandments.  
 

Aside from the Gospels themselves, the following books have shaped, informed, and inspired my reading of Exodus.  Click to links for sources: 1) We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren 2)  The particulars of Rapture: reflections on exodus by Avivah Zornberg 3)  The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus   by Nahum Sarna 4)  Exodus and Revolution by Michael Walzer

Bible verses follow the NRSV translation.