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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Radical Theology

The visiting clergy today was the former vicar at our church. His sermon was based upon the assigned readings for this third Sunday in Lent from Exodus 20:1 and John 20:3 with its focus on how the first century Temple establishment had created a market place in its midst that was a false idol. This nicely tied together the OT reading on the Ten Commandments and NT reading. Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and chased out the merchants selling animals ritually fit for sacrifice. He then asked the congregation what the three qualities of God are. Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.

The Visitor then described our market place economy and how we have assigned to it qualities making it all knowing, the market knows the correct price; all powerful and present everywhere, so much so that we allow the market place economy to make all kinds of decisions for us.

When I talked to my friend privately after the service, and told him that he had preached radical theology in red country, he replied, “what about our Lord’s teachings was not radical”?

This was not your typical Lutheran Law and Gospel sermon.

Copyrighted 2006

1 Comments:

Blogger Bob Waters said...

Shame on him, then,

The radical thing just might be to preach God's Word, instead of human politics.

You know. God's Law, and God's Gospel.
What preaching is meant to proclaim.

Sounds like your vicar is an apostle of human opinions. Too bad. Get rid of him.

1:26 AM

 

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