SR: Lazarus and Jesus weeping

Sermon Review

Link: All Saints, 11-4-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
This sermon wrote differently. The first line (which I kept) came very early the rest of it sort of trickled out from there. This is one of the sermons I’ve been very tempted to scrap and start over. And it’s also one of the sermons I liked as it preached.
All of which is to say that I knew I was going to be preaching on “Jesus wept” but I didn’t have a definitive direction or idea.

Theology: a little Christology and a little resurrection theology
Jesus Count: Good
Good News: we are loved into new life
What did I change on my feet? The conclusion
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not sure

What did work?
The last line: “We are called into the sort of loving life of divine love, and tears, that promises to sustain us beyond death.”

Other sermons I liked:
Bishop Rickel
I loved this sermon. It went in so many delightful ways. “Saints are not freaks or exceptions. They are the standard operating model for human beings.” Go listen.

The Rev Sibley
“Blessed are you because God is at work. In you. Whether you know it or not.”

The Rev Collins
“What Jesus offers in today’s gospel is not rescue, not relief from the pain, but rather resurrection and redemption. He doesn’t prevent the death of Lazarus nor the suffering of his sisters. And though he doesn’t prevent the family’s tragedy, he does not abandon them to their suffering, rather Jesus joins them in their suffering, and in the end he redeems their loss. He restores life to Lazarus and he engenders in them, and in us, faith and hope amidst the loss and despair.”

The Rev Pankey
Sainthood is ‘participation in God’s ongoing work of resurrection.’

(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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