Tag Archives: Walter Brueggemann

  1. You who are faithful, sing praises (Psalm 30) [sermon 7-2-2017]

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    June 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    We often invite people to join us in prayer when we’re hurt, scared, or confused. But how often do we invite our friends to join us in prayers of thanksgiving, as a community, when our prayers have been answered? Psalm 30 affirms the prayer of lament, but also making our personal joy a time for community praise and celebration. This way, it helps us both to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.

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  2. GOD, my shepherd (Psalm 23) [Sermon 6-23-2017]

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    June 22, 2017 by jmar198013

    The Psalms not only give us new language to speak to God with; they give us new and colorful ways to describe God, imagine God, and experience God. This leads to deeper and richer conversations with God. Psalm 23 imagines God as both a shepherd guiding us through scary places; and a host who wines and dines us in his own home. Other psalms portray God as a warrior, food and drink, and even a mother with a nursing baby at her breast. When we learn to imagine and speak to God with these metaphors, we learn God’s faithfulness to meet all our needs.

  3. Shout to the LORD, all the earth (Psalm 100) [sermon 6-11-2017]

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    June 6, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray, and he taught them a prayer popularly known as the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11.1-4). The Psalms also teach us to pray. What happens when you allow the Lord’s Prayer and one of the Psalms to have a conversation with each other? In this sermon, we find that Psalm 100 illuminates the Lord’s Prayer; and the Lord’s prayer does the same for Psalm 100.

  4. Remember your baptism: reflections with Walter Brueggemann and the Last Poets

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    March 1, 2014 by jmar198013

    If it is Christ we have been baptized into, then all things are made new. We are given the resources to live without being afraid of giving too much, too soon, and looking too foolish. We have been dispossessed of our amnesia, our despair, and our self-preoccupation. We are free and able to welcome God’s insurgency like children. If our baptism has not rendered us free and able to so live, was it Christ we were baptized into? And if it wasn’t Christ we have been baptized into, what have we been saved from?

  5. A challenge for preachers this Sunday: fragments borne from classic reggae interfacing with Walter Brueggemann

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    March 1, 2014 by jmar198013

    Preachers–this Sunday either give us words to chant down Babylon . . . or hang up your lyre on the willows with us.

  6. Jesus’ appropriation of Solomon in the Sermon on the Mount

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    May 17, 2013 by jmar198013

    When Jesus refers to “Solomon in all his glory” in Matt. 6.29, has he come to praise Solomon . . . or to bury him?

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