… from this past Sunday is available for listening here (God’s Horrible Timing)
It dealt with a lot of “in house” business. In case you don’t know, my current senior pastor is leaving at the beginning of February. On a personal level I’m dissapointed because we work really well together and in only a matter of months he’s taught me a lot. On another level, it leaves me in a tough spot as for a little while (hopefully a couple weeks but possibly longer) as the only pastor on the staff. On another level, I’m really excited for him because I think the opportunity he’s taking will be great for him and for our Presbytery. But what I discovered as I listened to the Christmas story this year I realized that God’s timing just isn’t good – and sometimes seems downright bad. So this message was entitled “God’s Horrible Timing”
So my recording was successful – quite successful I’ll add. We figured out how to make garage band record more than 40 minutes of music and we captured the whole thing, including the message. This message was entitled, “Why I Have Hope”. You can find the audio here…
In many ways this sermon is an on-going dialogue in my head between Jurgen Moltmann and Karl Barth. I have been shaped a great deal by Barth (given the title of my blog that’s not surprise) and to a lesser but still important extent by Jurgen Moltmann. In part because I see Moltmann going where Barth didn’t into the areas of redemption and eschatology. (In fairness to Barth, the Church Dogmatics was never completed and that area was the projected fifth volume). Despite the sharp differences between Barth and Moltmann, especially in their development of the Trinity I find them both to be extremely helpful to read, especially side by side. I’ve internalized the language of Barth better, so I think he comes through more in my preaching and writing, but I think the thought forms of some of Moltmann’s work in Theology of Hope come through.
On a related note, I managed to lose my copy of “Theology of Hope”, so until I pick it up from my dear friend who recovered it for me, I’m switching to William Stacey Johnson’s “The Mystery of God: Karl Barth and the Postmodern Foundations of Theology”. While I’m interested in Johnson’s argument I don’t think I’ll try to engage it in this forum. However, I have on order my own copy of “Barth for Armchair Theologians” which I plan to read as soon as it arrives. Written by my friend John Franke my review will in no way be objective. I am however hopeful that this resource will be one that I can recommend to people, both lay people at those in seminary, as a resource for being introduced to Barth and his thinking.
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Location: Hampton Presbyterian Church
Texts: Exodus 4:10-17, Luke 24:1-8
Sermon Text: PDF
Location: Northmont SON Service
Texts: Mark 1:14-15
Sermon Text: PDF