"Celebration," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on Sacraments (1 of 4)
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Psalm 46; Acts 2:37-42 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
Notes for a four-week preaching series on Sacraments.
The sacraments are sometimes called the “means of grace,” the ways through which God works to promise, to free, to forgive, and to claim people, to make them, to make us, God’s people.
But, if the play on words can be forgiven, how does God use such mean things, to do such great things? And what do these things mean for us?
Over four weeks, two on baptism and two on the Lords’ Supper, worship will be centered around these questions, and these promises; these means.
In what follows I am suggesting another metaphor to help us come to grips with all of these elements of the “means” of grace, and that is the metaphor of “source”; source as origin, and source as place.
Baptism As often as not (and I am tempted to say too often) when we think about baptism (if we think about baptism at all) we tend to think about what happens in baptism, what baptism does for us. This is, of course, a good thing. But I want to argue that it is equally important ...
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NL278: Preaching Series on Sacraments
August 13, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 4-week preaching series on sacraments (Aug. 13-Sept. 3, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.