"Freedom and Obedience," Jake Wilson, The Ekklesia Project, 2010.
"In contrast to the destructive works of flesh, the freedom to be Church is sustained by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience…these are the marks of individuals and communities who live in the freedom that only God can offer."
I keep thinking about this Gal...atians text in terms of the meaning of true freedom, and the fruit of the spirit as example of this, not something to strive for or even "proof" of faith and faithfulness. Any thoughts?
Proper 8 / Ordinary 13 / Pentecost +5
June 27, 2010
“Psalm 77 offers a stunning embodiment of the reorientation of life most hoped for by evangelical faith. In the exposition that follows, I take the Psalm not simply as a devotional or liturgical residue of faith, but as an actual "speech pilgrimage" of one whose self spoke through to new faith. Specifically, the Psalm shows the route by which this life was moved from a preoccupation with self to a submission to and reliance upon God.”
Allison, Dale C., Jr., "Rejecting Violent Judgment: Luke 9:52-56 and Its Relatives," Journal of Biblical Literature, 2002.
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“In some Christian circles, the implied critique of 1 Kgs 1:9-12 in Luke 9:51-56 made it, at least by Marcion s time, part of a case for distinguishing between the God of the Jews and the God of the Christians.53 But the problem of conflicting theologies was not born with Christianity. That predicament was already internal to Judaism.54 The indiscriminately compassionate God of Ezek 33 and Wis 11 is not easily thought of as heeding a pitiless prayer for fire, and some Jews saw this plainly enough. If, after Marcion, the issue for Christians became which God to acknowledge, this was only a later variant of the earlier question, Which texts should we sanction?”
A sermon by Walter Brueggemann which includes references to both Kings text and Luke. “Evidently Elisha's mother and father are alive and well, functioning and supportive of this new place where deep gladness and the deep need of the world converge. In the second case, the father is already dead. In that case, the demand is sharper: Do not go back to death. Do not kiss a corpse.”
“Jesus displays audacious personal authority in summoning his followers to join him in advancing the kingdom of God. He does not negotiate with disciples. Moreover, the content of his call implies an alternative political (imperial) as well as religious (spiritual) vocation.”
“Far from being a digression from Paul's theological discussion of gospel and justification in the opening chapters of Galatians, the ethical considerations in chapters five and six are inextricably bound to the central argument of the letter. Paul maintains a crucial unity between theology and practical ethics.”
The section on this week’s Galatians text begins on page 205. “The contrasting lists of fifteen vices and nine virtues that follow are so well known that it is difficult for the modern reader to keep them in context, to listen to them as if in a Galatian assembly and for the first time…”
“It is interesting that as Paul speaks of the Christian life, he studiously avoids providing the Galatians with a comprehensive list of rules and regulations, even though this perceived ‘deficiency’ on his part may have given rise to their attempts to supplement his gospel in the first place. Paul indicates the contours of the Christian life with broad sweeping strokes…”
“Congregations are hungry for a biblical and trinitarian spirituality. With a sustained biblical leadership, local churches can be places where a genuine evangelical and trinitarian spirituality is reclaimed for our time.”
1 Kings 19
“Observing the chiastic structure of l Kings 19 brings into focus the various steps God uses to renew a weary, discouraged, and suicidal prophet.”