Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Good Shepherd Sunday - John 10

(wma audio link here)

I encourage you to have your Bible open. :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Technical Difficluties

Savefile is having trouble, so I am currently unable to post a link. I will try to do so asap.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A brief note of apology

For all of you who have been wondering if I fell off the earth, my apologies. I've been quite busy, which, truly is no excuse for not getting the podcasts out. So, here is my *real* excuses:

Easter was great. I used the new style again with great success, I believe. None of this: aww...look at all the sweet visitors, Jesus loves you blah. 1 Corinthinas 15: some of you do not know God, and I say this to your shame! If Christ is not raised...

Only problem...I it.

So, Easter 2 I recorded. Only problem...I .... stunk.

In an effort to show how John in his Gospel makes a continual move through the entire text culminating in the Thomas encounter, I took the congregation on a page turning fiasco that led to a rather poor proclamation, I must say. My wife disagreed. She received law and Gospel, she confesses, and I do trust her barometer. Even so, my desire or preach the fulness (or my pride) is so great that I am not going to post the rather bleak attempt.

It is, after all, an experiment in progress. But I'm not giving up yet. There is too much at stake here. The people under my care are read to grow, ready to thrive in the Gospel. For myself, as well, I am convinced that with a little practice, (and learning from mistakes!), this new approach is a bit of a key to unlocking my particular gifts in the pulpit. If you liked my preaching before, I am convinced you will like where I am trying to go. Believe you me, the 200 proof Law/Gospel reality of my previous sermons is not Rev. Fisk's Law/Gospel, but the Law/Gospel of Scripture, and I have no intention of abandoning it, nor the cross. After all, this is

Cross Proclamation

Pax - and see you Sunday :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Palm Sunday - John 12

Well, I tried something new this week. In an attempt to better serve my current parish, I unbound myself from a manuscript and attempted a more "expository" approach to the sermon. The upside of this is that it gets every single person in the pews into the Bible, literally, as well as frees me up to dialogue with them a little from the pulpit, asking questions, leading, etc. The downside? No manuscript for those of you who have been reading my sermons here.

I did record it again, so there is an mp3 download available here.

I'm curious. What do you think? Am I faithful to Law and Gospel preaching? Does the text convict you? Are you set free by Christ?

I do consider those few of you who make use of this blog to be important. You also have, in emails, displayed a good understanding of theology. So, I ask you, please be honest. Let me know what you think. My email is available in the side profile.

It is my current plan to "test" this approach for about a month, then reassess based on all feedback, as well as the effects it has on the parish Divine Service "experience."

Finally, having listend to it, I have to admit that it's not the best "radio" preaching. If you've enjoyed the "rhetorical rollercoaster" I've been giving you, this may be a bit more difficult to sink your teeth into on an ipod. To help that, I'd suggest having your Bible open while you listen.

The big plus from this week? Whereas normally I preach about 11-14 minutes and have some troulbe keeping the room engaged, this sermon was 26 minutes long and even my teenagers were still listening.

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