"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on 1 John (2 of 4)
1 John 1:5--2:2 Commentary
by Craig R. Koester
Preaching Series on 1 John (Week 2 of 4)
Preaching text: 1 John 1:5--2:2 If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselvesGospel: John 1:29 The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
Integrity involves consistency between words and actions. When we follow through with the commitments that we have made, it shows integrity. When we say one thing and do another, it creates dissonance. We generally do not like to live with the contradiction, so we become experts in spin control. Initially we may wince at what we have said or done, but we go on to tell ourselves and others that it really was okay. It might have appeared to be a contradiction, but with a few tweaks to the storyline, we can show that we were right all along.
1 John provides language that has often been used in liturgy. It speaks of the contradiction between saying that we have fellowship with God, and yet live in ways that contradict that relationship. It names the propensity for kidding ourselves about ourselves. The writer says that acknowledging ...
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Narrative Lectionary 137: Preaching Series on 1 John
July 01, 2018
This re-broadcast podcast covers the four-week summer preaching series on 1 John (first aired in July 2014 -- note Dr. Koester's opening reference to "three Sundays in July and one in August" is not applicable to 2018 dates). Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for a conversation on the Narrative Lectionary. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.