Posts tagged “Stanley Hauerwas

Sermo Dei: Reminiscere 2017

Posted on March 13th, 2017

“That was a nice prayer.” When people say that to me, I know I’ve failed. Prayer is not supposed to be nice. Prayer is confident desperation, shouted in the dark, or whispered while trembling. Our prayers are too nice. In fact, they are so polite, they are rude. What else do you call it when our prayer before meals is rattled off like an auctioneer? Do you say the Lord’s Prayer with the enthusiasm of a funeral director reading the phone book? Are your private prayers basically a Hail Mary pass – it probably won’t work but you might as well try it? Enough with polite, respectful, “nice” prayers! They betray an uncertainty that God is listening or will answer our prayer. This Canaanite…


Posted on January 17th, 2012

Matthew 2:1-12 January 6, 2012 The ancient message to the children of Israel rang out in Advent: Behold, your King comes to you! The angelic message to shepherds rang out on Christmas Eve: The Christ is born in the City of David—David, the great king, whose Son would reign forever. Then on Christmas Day, we sang the prophecy: “And the government shall be upon His shoulder.” Now tonight, Epiphany, we recall with joy that this King is for all people, even us, as Gentiles come from afar, asking, “Where is He who is born King of the Jews?” News of a new king is, to Herod, a threat. And so it was to all Jerusalem, shaken and trembling at this question, “Where is He…

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