SR: Faith, Works, and a Syrophoenician

Life got overly busy the past few weeks. Sorry. I won’t promise it’ll never happen again.

Sermon Review
Link: Proper 18, Sept 9 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
“Faith without works is dead.” One of the major ideas is James, and one of the points people oversimplify about the book.
Faith and works are linked. By love. Which should transform what we do.

Theology: we’re talking about salvation and how we live
Jesus Count: small
Good News: love is transformative
What did I change on my feet?
I was working more from a mental script than a written one, but I mostly stuck to what I thought I would say.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I wanted more emphasis on the Syrophoenician woman’s works demonstrating a faith the text is silent about.
What did work?
I was really happy that I got to pick up the “love is transformative” concept from last week.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Jones
First, if you enjoy your sermons with a hint of humor, this is someone to listen to regularly. But this week also for the excellent treatment of the Syrophoenician women.

The Rev Linman
Great sermon tying James and stewardship together.

The Rt Rev Epting
Bishop Epting does a fabulous job addressing politics and pulls in the Five Marks of Mission.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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