Second Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Cycle A
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Many modern Christians yearn for a deeper spiritual life, a relevant relationship with a God who still matters and who thinks we still matter. However, Dallas Brauninger tells us, we are not good at listening and talking with God. What we are good at is hurling questions at the Almighty -- and Brauninger says that questions are what we are all about if we are to continue to grow spiritually. And so is confession. We doubt. We fear. We stretch to the limits of our patience. We wonder if tenacity will prevail or if we will sink. We have moments of bliss and ponder anew the mystery of God. We wonder and grieve about the world.
Brauninger believes that question and confession are two forms of our prayer -- and for many of us, these conversations with God are as brief and instant as an e-mail. In "Holy E-Mail," she inventively casts fourteen sermons based on Cycle A lectionary epistle texts in the form of extended e-mail messages to God. It's as if congregations and pastors were privy to someone's private ponderings that reflect our own spiritual roaming.
This volume is not only a creative resource for preachers; it's also directed to the everyday person in the pew. Crafted to help hearers connect with God and each other, these sermons address universal queries of the human soul. By uniting sermon with prayer, they're excellent for use as readings for personal meditation.
"Brauninger takes the reader on a spiritual journey from the beginning of Advent through the Transfiguration of our Lord.... This book offers much food for thought as you prepare sermons... not only will your mind be stretched, your soul will be inspired as you read." (from the Introduction)
Clarence M. "Clip" Higgins
Former Conference Minister, Nebraska and Ohio Conferences
United Church of Christ
"Dallas Brauninger writes with the discernment of a saint and the ear of a poet.... These sermons are a joy to read. They are a joy because they are crafted by one who is a master with language. They are a joy because they track life carefully. They are a joy because they expose deep recesses of the soul that light seldom reaches. They are a joy because they prompt each of us to reflect on our own faith pilgrimage. Most of all, they are a joy because they affirm God who offers joy not just to some, but to all."
Dr. George S. Worcester
Conference Minister, Nebraska Conference
United Church of Christ
"To me the hallmark of a good sermon has always been the new pathways of thought and insight which it opens up for me long after hearing or reading it. These are GOOD sermons."
Rachel S. Scott
Dallas A. Brauninger, a "cum laude" graduate of Albion College, received her Master of Divinity degree and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. A full-time writer, she has served churches in Colorado and Nebraska. She and her husband, both ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ, live in Friend, Nebraska.
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