SR: What does success look like?

Sermon Review

Proper 24, Year B

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Christians are measured by our faithfulness.
I really wanted to address God’s speech from the whirlwind in Job and Jesus’s response to the sons of Zebedee. The challenge became finding good news in the midst of two versions of “There are things you don’t understand much less control.”

Theology: commitment
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: We are called to be faithful. That is the measure of success.

What did I change on my feet?
I had written a slightly different sermon and Saturday evening I had an impulse to change how the sermon was formatted. So I wasn’t changing information but I was restructuring the entire thing.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think I might have had a better conclusion if I’d done the restructuring earlier. Oh well.

What did work?
I liked the ‘new’ format. It was much better than what I’d written.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Pankey
A completely different take on Jesus, James, and John

The Rev Collins
Mark takes the Gospel and sets it firmly within the lives and deaths of his parish.

The Rev Richardson
A slightly different approach to the question of success

The Rev Funston
A sermon on Job, with a call for a new imagination

The Rev Jones
Walton’s sermon is one that I look forward to every week.

(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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