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Proper 28 / Ordinary 33 / Pentecost +25
November 18, 2012
Fair, Fairfax Fullerton, "Between Text and Sermon: Mark 13:1-8,"Interpretation, 2004. (See also entire issue: Violence in the Bible,Interpretation, 2004.)
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"In our world of over-consumption and worship of material wealth, isn't this perspective relevant to us? In our society that measures a person's worth by the size of homes, cars, and stadium suites, how can we fault Jesus' disciples? The preacher has a wonderful opportunity to draw parallels between the disciples' infatuation wiht the massive structure of the temple and our fascination with what is bigger, faster, and more ostentatious..."
"We gather to worship God because God has given us the privilege of doing so and the means by which we may. For the early Hebrews the means was the cultus. For the Hebrews of this letter, that is, for early Christians, as for modern Christians, the means is the atoning death of Jesus Christ."
Menaul, Marjorie, "Between Text & Sermon: 1 Samuel 1 & 2," Interpretation, 2001. See also the rest of this issue: The Child, Interpretation, 2001.
"In the first two chapters of 1 Samuel, the personal fortunes of the main characters, Hannah and Eli, undergo a striking reversal. Eli, whose status as priest should make him a respected and positive figure, will show himself instead to be inept and ineffective. In contrast, Hannah, a woman with an insecure future, will prove herself to be a personal of integrity and strength."
"What are we to do with a theology which says - and does not Daniel say it - that life in this world is so bad that God's purposes can be realized only beyond this life?"