Tumbling in the Sand
The texts for Sunday, February 26, 2012: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; and Mark 1:9-15
Note: the sermon is only loosely based on the texts. For the season of Lent, we are lifting up different parts of the liturgy and talking about what they are and why we do them. This sermon focused most specifically on what I think Biblical preaching is about. It was included after a “conversation” about the way in which we read the Biblical texts in the liturgy—and how, in fact, the liturgy helps us to enter the dialogue between different texts.
I have heard people proclaim to me that, “We have biblical preaching at our church!”
Of course, I’ve wondered, “What self-respecting Christian church would say they don’t?”
We all say our preaching is biblically based.
We, like the psalmist claim,
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105)
We claim the Bible has authority in our communities of faith.
But what does that mean?
What does it look like — feel like — for preaching to be biblical? …