Preaching to Those Called to be Consumers
Twenty-first century North American believers face challenges unique in the history of God’s people, for we have an abundance of the material gifts of God unparalleled in human history.
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (Pentecost 7: Series A)
In Christ, God promises to forgive sin and bring about new life: Life after being canceled.
Epistle: Romans 8:18-27 (Pentecost 7: Series A)
The Earth itself, into which the blood of Christ seeped, will be redeemed and renewed, just like our spirits in Holy Baptism, just like our bodies on the day of the resurrection.
Old Testament: Isaiah 44:6-8 (Pentecost 7: Series A)
If you do not know who your God is, you will not know what your idols are.
Conversations During the Sermon
Those who occupy the pulpit will always be sensitive to various kinds of reactions, expected and unexpected, and eager for the feedback that helps evaluate whether the words from the pulpit have achieved their intended goal.