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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Humility

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

On August 28, 2016 we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from the gospel of Luke:

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The Rev. Frederick Buechner

No Theological Axe

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

AS I HAVE LONG since discovered, the world is full of people-many of them, I regret to say, book reviewers- who, if they hear that a minister has written a novel, feel that they know, even without reading it, what sort of a novel it must be. It must be essentially a sermon with illustrations in the form of character and dialogue, and, as such, its view of life must be one-sided, simplistic, naive, with everything subordinated to the one central business of scoring some kind of homiletical bull's-eye. I protest that, in my case anyway, this simply is not so. Since my ordination, as well as before, novels, for me, start-as Robert Frost said his poems did-with a lump in the throat. I don't start with some theological axe to grind, but with a deep, wordless feeling for some aspect of my own experience that has moved me. Then, out of the shadows, a handful of characters starts to emerge, then various possible relationships between them, then a setting maybe, and lastly, out of those relationships, the semblance at least of a plot. Like any other serious novelist, I try to be as true as I can to life as I have known it. I write not as a propagandist but as an artist.

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August 15, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Justice

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 21, 2016 we will celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
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August 12, 2016

A Healing

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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August 08, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Run With Perseverance

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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August 05, 2016

Preaching the Gospel

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.
Marcia McFee Article

August 04, 2016

"Musical Transitions"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re revisiting the concept of transitions, but this time we’re looking at the musical transition as a way to move from one action to the next. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how music can be used to help smooth the flow of worship.
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August 01, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Just Beyond Our Grasp

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 7, 2016 we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Rev. Frederick Buechner Article

July 29, 2016

Under a Delusion

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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The Rev. Susan Sparks Article

July 25, 2016

The Long Way Around

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

Perhaps you feel you're taking the long way around in your job because you didn't get the promotion you wanted. Maybe you are in a relationship that seems to be taking the long way around. Or maybe you've had to take the long way around thanks to an injury or illness that has sidelined us.  And it's so frustrating when that happens. But frustrating as it is, taking the long way may sometimes be the best thing that can happen to us.