Easter feels like ages ago but int the church year we've only just ended the Easter season; now we move into the long stretch of "ordinary time" aka the season of Pentecost. Our lectionary this week returns to the Gospel of Mark (good news for those of us who may love John but are weary of preaching his gospel nonetheless); it's not an easy passage but it is rich with possiblilities. We have Satan, and a house divided against itself; we have the "unforgiveable sin," blaspheming the Holy Spirit (just how does that work anyway?) and we have a bit on Jesus' family vaules--not what you might expect.
If you choose to go the OT route,there are options as well. We begin a series of readings from Samuel this week that will extend into the summer, and if Satan in the gospel isn't enough, we also have the story of God confronting Adam and Eve after they succumbed to the serpent's temptation. Are your preaching juices tempted by this?
Paul is not left out either; we have a passage from the second letter to the Corinthians: "what we can see is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal."
So where is the Spirit leading you this week, preachers? Join the discussion, share your ideas and questions. And if you happen to be new here, welcome! This is a great place of support and friendship!
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