It is strange to read a book from the Bible that does not mention God. We assume that would be one of the first conditions to be considered when compiling a library of important religious writings and binding the whole thing into one common book which we call the Bible. We are quite used to […]Read More..
Sermon, December 2nd, 2018 “When the fig tree does not blossom…” Habakkuk 1 vs. 1-4; 2 vs. 2-4; 3 vs. 3b-9 & 17-19
In her commentary on today’s Scripture reading, Prof. Julianna Claassens reminds us that: “The book Habakkuk reflects an exceedingly traumatic time in Israel’s history. Not long before the mighty Assyrian army destroyed one city after another, brutally killing people…(and not long after) the Babylonians …would three times attack Jerusalem, taking the leaders and skilled citizens […]Read More..
Our journey through the Old Testament this autumn has come the promise given to Abraham and Sarah and to all their descendants; then there was the freedom found through the leadership of Moses; there was the success, and failure, of some of Israel’s kings; and then, writes Walter Brueggemann: “…there is a series of speakers, […]Read More..
You may recall that today’s Scripture is often read much closer to Christmas. Please be assured that the Narrative Lectionary is not leaping ahead to that most important day! We are, of course, working our way through the Old Testament in which we experience the steady progression of God’s faithful people toward what we believe […]Read More..
I was very young when as a newly ordained minister I was sent to my first pastoral charge. I had only been there three months when I faced preparing my first Remembrance Day service. Apart from the fact that I used to march to our small town cenotaph in Remembrance Day parades as a Boy […]Read More..
It is not unusual for some in society to have incredible power over their day. Neither is it unusual for some in society to have incredible wisdom in their day. It is unusual, though, for both of those attributes, power and wisdom, to be found in one person. It is not difficult to identify leaders […]Read More..