the tentmaker

daily thoughts on the common lectionary

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Year B - Trinity

Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Year B - Pentecost

Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 104:24-35
Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Year B - Easter 7

Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19

Friday, May 15, 2009

Year B Easter - 6

Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Preaching As Subversion

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Semimnary, has this to say about preaching:
My thesis is that preaching is sub-version. You will recongnize the play that I intend. Preaching is never dominant version, never has been. It is always a sub-version, always a version, a rendering of reality that lives under the dominant version...[It is] a sub-version, because it does indeed intend to sub-vert the dominant version and to empower a community of sub-versives who are determined to practice their lives according to a different way of imagining.
Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope Fortress Press, 2000.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Year B - Easter 5

Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8