Apr 16 2014

Led By The Word: #Lent14: Dinner With Jesus — Neal Locke

In today’s #DinnerWithJesus post from our #Lent14 series, Rev. Neal Locke (@mstrlocke) offers a reflection on community from the day that Jesus turned water to wine.

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Apr 16 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: John 13:21-32 (Wednesday)

Year A – Holy Week Wednesday or Clarification Week Wednesday
April 16, 2014
The sadness here is not about betrayal as such. Its result triggers Jesus’ expected end-point of arriving in Jerusalem. This same result could have come directly from the Romans or those Jewish leaders afraid of the failure of another rebellion. In this results-driven world we continue to be after end-points that aren’t dependent upon one process as they are easier to achieve—if at first you don’t achieve by losing, you can try and try again.
In John, it is Jesus who betrays Judas Iscariot. Jesus doesn’t raise a question or tell a parable, he gives permission by way of bread and thereby encourages Judas’ action.
Being the optimistic folks they are being trained to be, the disciples miss all this with their overactive speculations.
Note here that Jesus claims glorification at this time of betrayal. How much earlier might Jesus have claimed this “glorification”? Does it go back to the glory-hallelujah of angels in Bethlehem? Since we are in John, as far back as “in the beginning”? Perhaps his experience in Jerusalem as a lad? Surely as far back as Baptismal Belovedness? One or more of the healings or other miracles?
Why would Jesus claim glorification, resurrection, or vindication at this point?
Since it is the last Wednesday of Lent, remember the ashes of the first Wednesday—from dust you have come; to dust you shall return. Did you claim glorification, resurrection, new life weeks ago? If not, perhaps next year. Or, perhaps yet today? Will you wait for Sunday to make glory officially yours?

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Apr 16 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (Easter)

Year A – Easter or Assured
April 20, 2014
Originally the “gates of righteousness” alluded to the gates of the Temple which were entered after a victory. This is a very physical, architectural image.
Traditions added to Easter shift these gates to a tomb entered before a victory is achieved. There is also a shift from a communal procession to an individual dividing line.
At play here is a door stranger than those in Monsters, Inc. These shifts call for a door that can magically sift a person’s life and determine their righteousness. The righteous find a triumph beyond these gates while the unrighteous find punishment. The state of your being is only decided here (hooray for death-bed conversions?).
See how this one-ups a common response by turning it on its head as much as does a rejected stone becoming a key stone?
What was once a day that put a stamp of approval, “resurrection”, victory, or mission accomplished is now only a prelude to a resurrection to be claimed. These gates are no longer those to which provisions/sacrifice is brought but a provisional gate.
Yes, it can be argued that Jesus has accomplished a victory over a boasting grave and that his followers approach their death and tomb in the light of his resurrection, sure and certain of their own. This atonement approach misses the existential realities that are taught and catch us between Sunday School bunnies, doctrines of original sin, and limits of interplay between hope and doubt.
Oh, never mind, “Happy Easter”.

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Apr 16 2014

Simply Sherri: Writer’s block…

This has been me all week, actually for several weeks now.  It’s been awful!  I’ve been working on a sermon for the Sunday after Easter and I have started over several times. I’ve even made it to the end 3 times!! 

 At first I kept blogging th…

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Apr 16 2014

We Your People, Ours the Journey: Sermon: “King of Kings”

“King of Kings” (April 13, 2014) Jesus rides into Jerusalem as a king, but not the sort of king anyone was expecting. When we fail to live up to the expectations of others– or when they fail to live up to ours– can we cut one another a little slack? Are we willing to ask […]

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Apr 16 2014

Nikos: Upcoming Easter Sunday Scripture Commentary (April 20)

Original post at http://pastorrobert-nikos.blogspot.com/2014/04/upcoming-easter-sunday-scripture.html April 20 (Easter Sunday) Sermon – “Who Were the Twelve Disciples of Jesus? Matthew & John”Colossians 3:1-4The Apostle Paul who is most likely in prison when he writes this letter wants the new church in Colossae to know about their new life in Christ because of the good news of Easter. …

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