Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 7, 2018
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
October 21, 2018

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

 

As we begin this morning, please indulge me with a rather long quote from Søren Kierkegaard who was a philosopher from the early 1800s who worked to reform the Lutheran State Church in his native Denmark. “The matter is quite simple,” he writes. “The Bible is very easy to understand, but we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the new testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. ‘My God!’, you will say, ‘if I do that, my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world?’ Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship! What would we do without it? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God, yet it is even dreadful to be alone with the new testament.” End of quote. [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]