The lessons for the spring are rich in socio-political opportunities for preaching. As usual, you can find occasions for preaching on poverty and hunger (the first lesson for March 3 [Isaiah 55:1-9] and the gospel for March 21 [John 12:1-8]). Several texts proclaiming liberation from slavery offer great opportunities to preach on race (the first lessons for March 14 [Joshua 5:9-12] and May 16 [Acts 16:16-34]). There are opportunities to speak on women's equality and God's female Presence (the first lessons for April 25 [Acts 9:36-43] and May 30 [Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31]).
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.