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Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Truth and Dare

John 8:31-36

Reformation Sunday - Year A

October 29, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

 

Ah, Reformation Sunday! Time to celebrate everything Lutheran. Let's bring out the red vestments and paraments. Bring on the extra brass. Fire up the choir. Sing the fight song (A Mighty Fortress), and the Reformation scripture texts! All of our favorites...all speaking our language. Jeremiah 31? The law will be written directly on our hearts - no need for intermediaries - we're Lutherans, we bypass all that static and go directly to God. Romans 3? We're justified by faith...we don't get bogged down by works. (In fact. there was once a Gnesio Lutheran who had inscribed on his tomb stone, "Never did a good work in my life.") John 8? We're Lutherans...we know the truth and we are not so sure anyone else does. And for one, glorious Sunday each year we revel, we splash, we exalt in our Lutheran-ness.

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The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence

The Girls in the Reeds

Exodus 1:8-14, 22; 2:1-10

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

January 31, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence (PCUSA)

What a perfect story. Pharaoh makes chaos, mother makes ark. Princess finds baby, sister brokers deal. Baby saved, Pharaoh foiled. A perfect story, and great roles for girls, I might add. Not quite "The Bible meets Frozen," but almost. So before we get into it, I want you to notice two things. The first is that the main characters are young people and their parents aren't around. That's important, because this is a story about what happens when the young people are in charge. The second is that without this story, without these two girls in the reeds, there is no Moses. There is no Exodus. There is no liberation for the people of God, and there won't be unless the parents get off the stage, and the young people set things in motion.

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