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sermon & preaching resources for sunday, june 7

So it’s Holy Trinity Sunday. Thematically, the preacher could always attempt to tackle how three things can be one thing, using the old egg illustration (shell, white, yoke) or apple illustration (core, meat, peal).

eggIn seminary, I spent an entire meal cornering our systematics professor about the Trinity, threatening to not let him leave until I understood it; I eventually had to let him go after his fifth slice of pie because I still wasn’t getting it and he appeared to be going into a sugar coma.

So tackle the Trinity if you want, but you may end up chasing your homiletic tail around sooner than you imagined.

 

Isaiah 6:1-8

Remember the old Monty Python and the Meaning of Life prayer about “God, you are so big”? The preacher may wish to craft a sermon about God’s bigness, God’s otherness, God’s so-not-us-ness. What does it mean to be thrice holy? Or, try working off the “in the year that King Uzziah died.” King Uzziah was a favorite king; what does it mean that even when it looks like the good old days have ended, God still comes? Or make that more generic: contrary to pop-theology, God comes to us and God chooses us; we don’t choose him. We have a God who seeks us out.

 

Romans 8:12-17

The adoption theme is obvious—could use this to do a sermon about our baptismal identity as God’s children; what does it mean to let God’s voice define us over and against media’s or the Jones’? I would be most tempted to preach about “not receiving a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear;” what does it mean to be God’s fearless children? What risks would we be willing to take for mission? How does this culture of fear we live in need to hear about fearlessness?

 

John 3:1-17

If you have a projector in worship, just put up a picture of that guy at the football games with the rainbow wig holding up “John 3:16” on a poster board. If you think that might get you tossed, then do some theological work on the idea of Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night. Many significant things happen in John’s gospel at night; is the character of Night important in this story?

The wind blowing where it will has great possibilities, too, whether linking Spirit and wind together from the Old Testament or considering the wind’s invisibility and its affects only being visible.

It has always struck me as odd that people talk about choosing Jesus and getting born again when we never ever have any say in our own birth process, physical or spiritual; two other beings decide to birth us physically—we have no say in the matter. Isn’t that what Jesus is chasing when he suggests we be spiritually born again?... That it happens to us not because we are smart enough to choose it but because God is gracious enough to decide for us?...