February 25, 2013 Leave a comment
You can read my sermon of February 24, 2013 here: 2 Lent Yr C
Thoughts, sermons, & scribbles of a Lutheran pastor.
February 9, 2013 4 Comments
This week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post is Home.
and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) A sobering thought as we prepare for the season of Lent and remember the far-too-many people who are homeless and perhaps never have had or will have a home. Lord have mercy, grant us more of your compassion to care for the homeless.
February 2, 2013 4 Comments
“Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.
One could write a lot on this theme, however I believe it begins with the love of God towards us and all of creation. God loves us more than we are able to comprehend and God loves creation, delighting in its beauty, complexity and diversity.
Since we are created in God’s image; since God is love; since we have been loved and are loved by God; we can respond by also loving God, one another and caring for the whole creation. One of the most important ways we do this is by living peaceful lives.
The book of Isaiah gives us a beautiful vision of perfect shalom-peace; of a world where weapons of war are turned into tools for peace—spears into pruning hooks and swords into ploughshares; a world where we shall no longer know—or engage in acts of—war anymore; a world where even natural predator instincts will not exist and enemies will live in peace and love together. Jesus epitomised this vision while dying on the cross and praying for his enemies: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
When we live with the vision of shalom-peace, then we endeavour to: love God and our neighbour and yes, even our enemies, solve conflicts through respect and honest dialogue, be responsible stewards of creation by reducing our carbon footprint, planting more trees and gardens, supporting local-grown economies rather than exploiting cheap labour with appalling working conditions in the two-thirds world, slowing down to smell the flowers rather than living in the fast lane, caring for, respecting and protecting the most vulnerable in our midst including the elderly, differently-abled and children, working to support freedom, democracy, education, healthcare, along with the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter and meaningful work for everyone in the world. A tall, perhaps naïve, and impossible order, yes, and for human beings alone impossible, however with God’s help and activity, all things are possible.
February 1, 2013 2 Comments
Invent a definition for the word “flangiprop,” then use the word in a post.
Acccording to Dim Lamp’s Dictionary of Church History Words, flangiprop refers to those moments in church history, which are unpredictable, humorous, serendipitous, or embarrassing.
Example one: When some prominent personage, like the President of the Lutheran World Federation, in his inaugural sermon meant to say: “and the devil’s fiery darts…” but blurted out instead: “and the devil’s diary farts…”
Example two: At an Easter Sunday festival Holy Communion Service when the pastor raises her arms for the closing benediction and her alb’s left sleeve catches on fire, and fortunately there are flowers on the altar, so she grabs the vase and pours the water from it onto her burning alb sleeve.
Example three: During a wedding service on a very hot summer’s day, the best man, who was six feet, six inches tall faints and knocks over the paschal candle on his descent.