Posts tagged “Lent 1 – Invocabit

Sermo Dei: Invocabit 2017

Posted on March 6th, 2017

What would you do if you could do anything? The great basketball coach John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” It’s those moments when no one is watching when our true self emerges. When you can do what you choose, what do you do? And if you could choose anything, what would it be? Among the most common myths is that you can achieve freedom by having more resources and less responsibility. If you had more money and less work, then you’d be free. If you had more time and fewer people making demands, then you’d be free. It’s a lie. Freedom is not found in time or money. And slavery is…

[Sermo Dei] Invocabit (Lent I): The Lord’s Battle (1 Samuel 17:40-51)

Posted on February 21st, 2013

I get slightly nervous when I see a group of teenage boys unsupervised. That’s because I remember being a teenage boy, an exhilarating combination of strength and recklessness, intelligence without experience, testosterone über alles.   David’s confident stride onto the battlefield to face the Philistine champion Goliath would seem to be just such adolescent recklessness. David is strong, having worked in the fields as a shepherd. David is courageous, having hunted lions and bears raiding his father’s sheep. But David is still a boy. He has come to this battle simply to bring food for his older brothers in the army, and a gift of cheese to their commander. And there David hears what has happened. The champion of the Philistines, a magnificent, enormous…

More bread than Satan can provide

Posted on November 14th, 2012

Regarding the temptation in the wilderness after forty days of fasting, Russell Moore observes, Jesus flees Satan’s temptation not because he doesn’t like bread, but because he wants more bread than Satan can provide and because he wants the bread in fellowship with his Father and with his bride. Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ


Posted on February 26th, 2012

Matthew 4:1-11 “So there I was, standing in a hotel lobby with a strange woman, a throbbing heartbeat, and a guilty conscience.” That’s how theologian Russell Moore begins his book Tempted and Tried. The situation is not as bad as it sounds, he assures us – “But in lots of ways it was even worse.” He had been driving through a terrible rainstorm with his wife and four children. They hadn’t gotten nearly as far as he’d hoped, but it was time to stop for the night. They pulled into a chain hotel, and he went in alone to see if there were rooms available. Behind the desk was a young woman, dimples in her cheeks, and as she tossed her hair back as…

Jesus the superior exegete

Posted on February 27th, 2009

Stanley Hauerwas on the Gospel for Invocabit, the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4: “Jesus is to be subjected to Israel’s testing in the wilderness, a testing in which Israel proved her inability to live faithfully despite God’s good gifts. The Son, however, will be obedient, but we cannot overlook the cost of his obedience. His obedience depends on his trusting the Father’s faithfulness to Israel through the scripture. Jesus is able to resist the devil, a devil able to quote scripture, by being a superior exegete to the one who would tempt him. Jesus, the faithful interpreter of Israel’s scripture, teaches us how to read so that we might know how to resist the devil.” -Matthew, Brazos Commentary series, p50