This is PCIT standing in for Cheesehead this week while she is down in Atlanta at the Homiletics Fest.
I'm playing with the idea that two of this week's texts have non-substitutionary images of salvation hovering in the background. The John text, with its abiding language and friendship imagery lifts up the Eastern Orthodox emphasis on salvation as union with God. The 1 John text with it's "conquers the world" language points toward the ancient Christus Victor image as salvation happening through Christ's defeat of the powers of death and evil. I've noticed that folks are often quite relieved to find that penal substitutionary atonement is not the only language the Christian tradition has to talk about what salvation is, that there are other ancient images to help us explain what we mean when we call Christ our Savior. So I think that's where I will head this week. Tentative sermon title: "Abide and Conquer".