Preaching The Lectionary Psalms for Cycles A, B, C
(See Proper 19/Pentecost 17/Ordinary Time 24, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)
This psalm reflects on what Gerhard Von Rad termed "practical atheism." It's not that there are those who decide, intellectually, that God does not exist. Rather, there are those who in their hearts say, "There is no God." The psalmist has in mind those who act and make decisions as though there were no God to hold them accountable. It is entirely possible that there are those who confess with their lips that God is real, but then act is if God does not exist.
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For September 29, 2019:
The Backfire Effect by Dean Feldmeyer — When we hold an erroneous belief and are proven wrong, we tend to hang onto that belief even more fervently than before. That’s called the “Backfire Effect,” and Jesus knew about it.
Remember the story of Robin Hood? Robin Hood was no common thief; he was a distinguished social savior serving as an agent of the proper redistribution of wealth. “I take from the rich and give to the poor,” he said. Robin Hood believed Nottinghamshire should be one big, happy family, and he patrolled the highways and byways to make it so for the children and the peasants.
Our Sunday paper is so full of glossy magazine extras of various sorts, that it practically requires a wheel barrow to carry it all. I never get through all that is offered, but I do like to spend a leisurely hour or so reading some of the paper and flicking through the magazines, marvelling at the bizarre and flamboyant life-style apparently enjoyed by some people. Occasionally there are more serious articles as well and sometimes there can be quite a strange combination of articles, such as an article on diet immediately followed by several pages on chocolate cookery.