A Shift in Plans

So I have already revised the preaching plan for September to Advent.  The topic of Christ as Prophet, Priest, King and Sage is so interesting that I will take it for the first 3 months.  From Robert Sherman’s book, King, Priest and Prophet, for example, the notion that the three temptations of Christ correspond to the three offices.  I’d tell you more, but it feels like a sermon, so you will have to wait.

Scripture reading in church – sometimes it seems like a space filler – though it is one of the things included on the biblical agenda for gathered worship.  On vacation, the reading of Matthew 7:1-5 following closely after a vivid discussion a few days before on same-sex marriage, left me with a reminder about checking my attitudes before examining another’s faults.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

So having put the study, preach and blog into park for 2 weeks, we are just now getting into about 2nd gear.