Monthly Archives: May 2014

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 11:24-29, 12:1-16 and Luke 17:20-37

Numbers 11:24-29, 12:1-16
Luke 17:20-37
The strangeness of God seen in “readings you don’t hear from the pulpit”, The Day of the Lord, The Divisiveness of the Gospel, Spiritual Life

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 11:1-23, 31-35 and Luke 17:1-19

Numbers 11:1-23, 31-35
Luke 17:1-19
The Character of God, Whining, Privilege, Thanksgiving, The bounty of God

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 10:11-36 and Luke 16:19-31

Numbers 10:11-36
Luke 16:19-31
The Pattern of Life is the Pattern in eternity, don’t build walls that can’t come down

Ah, thoughts on the staircase. It stuck me as I was completing the upload that the OT does have a lesson. In learning the very basics of being the children of God, Israel dwelt in tents. Those tents came down and went up at the command of the Lord at unknown times. Being the people of God requires living in certain dwelling lightly. The graceful practice in the church is not always going to look the same. Not talking about the eternal law, or the Word which abides forever, but about how we live it or incarnate it.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 9:1-23 and Luke 16:1-18

Numbers 9:1-23
Luke 16:1-18
Gradations or subsidiarity of the law, Days of Training, Sanctification, borrowed vs. owned wealth/life

Another Helper – The Spirit and the World

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Biblical Text: John 14:15-21
Full Sermon Text

The text is chosen on the basis of an inclusio. An inclusio is a method in an era lacking punctuation to signal a thought grouping. We would call it a paragraph or a section break today. John writes a topic sentence – “If you love me keep my commandments” and closes the paragraph with a repeat – “whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who love me”. So, the stuff between the inclusio is the supporting evidence for the assertion in the topic.

In this case, if all we did was take the topic – “if you love me keep my commandments” – we’d be very deep into legalism. I tend to think Jesus was more of a moralist than most Lutherans, but he was also the greatest realist we’ve ever seen. After all, he made it all. You can’t get more real that that. And as that realist, telling fallen creatures to keep the law is not in the first place about keeping the law. We will fail. What it is about is driving us to some solution for our inability to keep the commandments. In John’s case, until the end of the age the solution is “another Helper”.

That “another Helper” is the paraclete or the Holy Spirit indwelling within us. What this sermon does is trace out the works and means of the Spirit. It places the moral dimension within the larger story. Jesus means “keep my commandments” within both his work and the work of the Spirit. And it looks at the final promises that this helper lasts “until that day” or “into the age”. (The forever of John 14:16 is a not the point of the εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα , which is really an eschatologogical phrase. He will be with you in this indwelling way as another Helper until the new age is fully realized.) At that point, the dwelling of God is with his people. No longer in a hidden way as with the Spirit which the world cannot see, but in a manifest way. This is the Christian Hope – we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 26:1-20 and Luke 13:18-35

Leviticus 26:1-20
Luke 13:18-35
Elegy, the problem with the covenant of the law, God’s solution – sow the kingdom in the midst of the world

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 24:1-23 and Luke 12:54-13:17

Leviticus 24:1-23
Luke 12:54-13:17
Law and Gospel, Demand the law and you will get it, Don’t do that instead look for grace

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 23:23-44 and Luke 12:35-53

Leviticus 23:23-44
Luke 12:35-53
“Grumpy Jesus”, Peace not universal, Peace on the new earth vs. this earth, rolling division

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 23:1-22 and Luke 12:13-34

Leviticus 23:1-22
Luke 12:13-34
Stewardship, Materialism, Lower causes (material, efficient) and Higher Causes (Formal, Final), The Christian Call to Higher Things

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Luke 11:37-12:12

Luke 11:37-12:12
(Not read but in the Lectionary Leviticus 21)
When Jesus goes OT, Woes, What causes the woes, the divine burden on the leader/ruler, the justice of God, security of election