I talked to my dad, who is also a preacher, on the phone last night, and he mentioned that coming up he is doing a 7 week series on Corinthians. As a week-by-week, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-alb kind of preacher, I admit I sort of panicked. “Wait! Maybe _I_ should be trying to pull together a series for this winter!!”
Luckily, the scriptures today remind me that I am called to be my most authentic self, because (as my friends in recovery say), Jesus loves us just as we are, and loves us way too much to let us stay that way. In this week’s scriptures, Christ’s loving grace falls equally on that wild and wooly group in Corinth, on The Disciple Formerly Known As Simon, on the most annoying person in your congregation, and on you. It’s the kind of grace that says both “I see you and love you just as you are! ” and “Come on, you know you are better than that!”
You might also want to check out yesterday’s fascinating discussion on preaching and the news, happening here.