Month: September 2007

Strange Demands of Jesus’ Disciples

Here’s the mp3 link to this sermon from Sep 9, 2007. 

Text:  Luke 14:25-33

An Invitation to Die

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the martyred German pastor and theologian, said most eloquently, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Not the kind of invitation most people are looking for, but the one we encounter in this passage from Luke 14 today.

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Sermon for Sunday, Sep 9, 2007

Here’s the link to the first draft of my sermon for September 9, 2007 — Strange Demands of Jesus’ Disciples, from Luke 14:25-33.  This is subject to change, revision, or complete scrapping, but here it is for now. 

Working on next Sunday’s sermon

Lots of clicks on the sermon I posted for last Sunday, Sep 2.  Of course, I didn’t post it until Saturday night when it was finished.  So, this week, I decided to get ahead of the curve a little.  Here’s the link to the lectionary reading for Sunday, Sep 9, 2007.  I’m in Luke 14 for the sermon, and we’ll read one other passage during worship.  The working title for this week is “Strange Demands of Jesus’ Disciples” from Luke 14:25-33.  Any thoughts? 

A Lesson in Kingdom Etiquette

Click here for the mp3 file of this sermon. I preach without notes, so the audio version and the manuscript are slightly different.  The mp3 file also has the entire illustration from Scott McKnight’s book, which I did not include in the manuscript. 

A Lesson in Kingdom Etiquette

Text:  Luke 14:1, 7-14

One of the most joyous occasions in the first century was a wedding, accompanied by the wedding feast. In our day of plenty, we are not impressed by large banquets of food and drink. We see it every day. But in the first century, in Jesus’ day, feasts were special because everyday was not. And no occasion was more special than a wedding. A wedding offered the promise of new alliances between families, of marrying well, of someone to care for parents who were aging, and most importantly, of grandchildren. The prospect of new life in a world filled with death and disease always brought hope.

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Sermon for Sunday, Sep 2, 2007

I am not promising to do this every week, but here’s a link to the sermon I am preaching tomorrow (Sep 2, 2007) at my church, A Lesson In Kingdom Etiquette.   The lectionary reading is from Luke 14:1, 7-14.  Let me know if this is helpful. 

A word of caution:  Before anyone calls the Grammar Police, I’m writing for speaking here, not publication, and I’m aware that I have run-on sentences, fragments, and other offenses against grammar.  It’s just the way I hear things in my head…sermons, at least!

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day tomorrow!