Posts tagged “Trinity 9

Sermo Dei: Trinity 9, 2016

Posted on July 24th, 2016

God made man to give him gifts. God made the world out of nothing, and He made it for man. Man is the crown of God’s creation. God gave man everything in the creation. He gave it for Adam’s enjoyment and nourishment. He also gave man a vocation, a calling: He called Adam to be steward of the earth. As God’s steward, or chief manager, the man would exercise dominion, Godly rule in the earth. Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion over every living creature. One thing alone was held back from the man: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Why? Because God wished the man to know good alone, and not evil. As you…

Trinity 9 sermon

Posted on August 21st, 2011

Departing from my usual custom, this sermon is on the Epistle for the day, 1 Corinthians 10:6-13. Dear Christians, lest we stumble and fall and are destroyed as happened to many of the Israelites, and lest we fall into contention and immorality as happened in Corinth, this morning we will consider the Word of God written in St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. “These things,” the reading begins, “took place as examples for us.” We’ve been dropped right into the middle of a thought. What things? Paul has just been talking about the Israelites who, in being led out of slavery in Egypt received a type of baptism by passing through the waters of the Red Sea, and received a type of communion,…

Trinity 9 – The not-so-secret meaning of the Parable of the Unjust Steward

Posted on August 12th, 2010

I’m way behind on posting; this sermon is from August 1. This parable of the Unjust Steward has long vexed me, because I was looking for some deep and hidden meaning. Some of the parables are explained allegorically, that is, where each person and part is symbolically interpreted. There is no shortage of commentaries creatively suggesting interpretations that I could never quite reconcile. As I looked at my sermon from last year on this topic, I see that I was on to something, but wasn’t quite there yet. This year I feel like I had a breakthrough. However, the breakthrough is not through some amazing feat of scholarship or spirituality. The breakthrough for me was in realizing that I needed to let the text…