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Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016
October 18, 2016 – 8:00 am | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Commemorating the sixteenth-century events that came to be called the Protestant Reformation is more complicated than it used to be. Triumphalism—a certain weirdly coiffed presidential candidate notwithstanding—is no longer in vogue. We left …

Advent 4 • Luke 1:39–45 (46–56) • December 20, 2015
December 8, 2015 – 10:00 am | One Comment

By Travis Scholl
[Advent’s historical] character was that of a joyous looking forward to the Parousia. . . . The fact that Christ has come does not quench this hope; it intensifies it. The historical life …

Proper 19 • Isaiah 50:4–10 • September 16, 2012
September 4, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Allow me a roundabout way to this text from Isaiah. Because I find today’s epistle lesson (James 3:1–12) to be a deeply incriminating word, especially to the preacher who, as Frederick Buechner …

Easter 7 • Acts 1:12–26 • May 20, 2012
May 8, 2012 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
I sense deep sadness in Peter’s voice: “The scripture had to be fulfilled…for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry” (vv. 16–17). I sense sadness in …

Advent 1 • Matthew 24:36–44 • November 28, 2010
November 3, 2010 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Travis J. Scholl
Socrates summed up the first principle of philosophers everywhere: to know that we don’t know. And perhaps the “not knowing” is what makes the future so maddening. Everything about it is unknown.
Except …

Proper 15 • Jeremiah 23:16–29 • August 15, 2010
August 3, 2010 – 11:13 am | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
The crux of this text is the ongoing conflict in Jeremiah between true and false prophets and Jeremiah’s own ongoing conflict with those whom he perceived to be false prophets in Israel’s …

Proper 7 • Isaiah 65:1–9 • June 20, 2010
May 7, 2010 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Let’s be honest. Given the wondrous epistle reading from Galatians 3 (“But now that faith has come … There is no longer Jew or Greek … But when the fullness of time …

The Transfiguration of Our Lord · Deuteronomy 34:1-12 · February 14, 2010
February 14, 2010 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

By Travis Scholl
None of the gospels tell us what mountain Jesus climbed with Peter, James, and John to be transfigured. But I’d like to think it was Mount Nebo, despite the fact that the geography …

Christmas 2 · 1 Kings 3:4-15 · January 3, 2010
January 3, 2010 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Wisdom doesn’t seem to come up much in our biblical preaching, despite the fact that the themes and literature of wisdom play a significant role in the Bible, particularly the Hebrew Bible. And …

Christmas 1 · Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15 · December 27, 2009
December 27, 2009 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
“The text is designed so that the memory is a generative event in subsequent generations of Israel, generative of energy and courage for the belated contexts in which God’s people will again face …