Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Creeds
Preaching Series on Sabbath
Genesis 1:1-5; Matthew 6:30-34 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
This three-week series, with readings primarily from the New Testament, serves as a sort of throwback.
By “throwback” I mean that creeds are typically the result of a concerted effort to “codify” a kind of orthodox set of articles of faith. Creeds are drawn from the sacred text, but with this series there is a sort of backwards movement, from the Creed (whichever one[s] that might mean for you, Apostles, Nicene, even Athanasian) returning to the biblical text.
There are, in both the Old and the New Testaments examples of and fragments of early creedal statements. For example, one might think of Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Or again of the Christ Hymn of Philippians 2:
[Christ Jesus], though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being ...
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Summer 2020 Readings
2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
NL Podcast 369: Preaching Series on Creeds
August 18, 2019
This podcast covers the three-week summer preaching series on Creeds featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn. for Working Preacher.