Monthly Archives: April 2017

Good Friday 2017: What the Cross Reveals

My sermon on Good Friday.  It really is two things in one–first, a bit of teaching about the anti-Jewish language in John’s Gospel, and after that, thoughts about the importance of the Cross.

The teaching portion is in part adapted with permission from an essay by the Rev. David Kilian, formerly of All Saints, Brookline, MA.

The Douglas John Hall quote which gives the structure to the second half is from The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World, Fortress, 2003, page 89.

Palm Sunday 2017: Who IS this?

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My sermon on the texts for Palm Sunday: Matthew 21:1-11 and Matthew 26:14–27:54 can be heard here:

Sources for quotes in sermon:

Douglas John  Hall, The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World. Augsburg, 2003.

Reflection on Zechariah and the two processions: http://dancingwiththeword.com/the-donkey-a-subversive-choice/ (hat-tip to the anonymous author of the weekly Gospel reflections from Christ and St Luke’s Church, Norfolk VA  for pointing me here), which is in turn drawing on Borg and Crossan, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem, Harper Collins 2007; which is now surely the most quoted source in Episcopal sermons on Palm Sunday.

Note on the graphic: created in Canva in about 10 minutes.  Palm photo was free download from Pixabay.

 

5 Lent 2017: Be raised into new life

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Raising of Lazarus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46168 [retrieved April 10, 2017]

You can listen to my sermon on the stories of the dry bones in Ezekiel and the raising of Lazarus in John here:

Aside on the mosaic depiction above, which comes from the 12th century and is in Palermo, Italy: notice the way the man has his hands covered w/ his sleeve so he’s not directly touching the unclean corpse, and is covering his nose and mouth because of the stench.