Attention! God at Work in Preaching (Sat. June 4)

The word of the day is “preach.”  Remember the last sermon that you heard?  What was it about?  What was the main point?  Many of us would have a hard time answering unless, perhaps, the day of the church year reminds us of the subject of the preaching.  But do you remember something that happened in worship?  Do you recall the visit of a bishop or other church leader, an especially stirring anthem, or even an accident or humorous incident that happened?  It is more likely that you could call to mind the event rather than the sermon’s message. Today, in our reading of Acts 20:7-12, Paul preaches in an upper room until midnight.  A young man sitting on a…

Grace Unlimited: Salvation by Faith Is for All (Sat. July 10)

The word of the day is “only.”  Tribalism is found throughout human society.  Humans favor their own group however they define it.  And they distinguish themselves from other such groupings.  Thus, it seems natural to believe that the scope of God’s concern is concentrated on one’s own associations.  However, in today’s reading of Romans 3:28-4:3, we hear an important question, “Is He the God of the Jews only?” (Romans 3:29).  Today we reflect on Paul’s reasoning that salvation must be by faith if it to be offered to all.  We will find that this thinking requires that the church and its members to play a key role in the divine plan of salvation. As we reflect on Paul’s question of…

Attention! God at Work in the Sermon (Sat. June 12)

The word of the day is “preach.”  Remember the last sermon that you heard?  What was it about?  What was the main point?  Many of us would have a hard time answering unless, perhaps, the day of the church year reminds us of the subject of the preaching.  But do you remember something that happened in worship?  Do you recall the visit of a bishop or other church leader, an especially stirring anthem, or even an accident or humorous incident that happened? It is more likely that you could call to mind the event rather than the sermon’s message. Today, in our reading of Acts 20:7-12, Paul preaches in an upper room until midnight.  A young man sitting on a…