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Adam’s Silence

I’m preaching this upcoming Sunday, March 13th. The Old Testament reading is: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7. This is the story of the temptation of Eve and Adam by a serpent in the garden of Eden.

What struck me this time as I read Genesis 3 was Adam’s silence. You see, I had learned as a child that Eve was the one who was tempted by the serpent and the first to sin, and then she went and found Adam and led him astray. Bad Eve, it was all her fault. But if you take a close look at Genesis 3:6 you will find that both Adam and Eve were present during the conversation with the serpent and the eating of the fruit.

Genesis 3:6 – So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.

Adam was present and silent. In this interpretation the fault is communal.

I’d like to explore this further but I don’t know if it will fit into my sermon or if it will have to be another discussion later.


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Last Sunday’s gospel was Matthew 17:1-9, the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter, James, and John had an incredible experience of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the appearance of Moses and Elijah, all of which took place on a mountain.  Many sermons on this text focus on “mountaintop experiences,” experiences in our lives which are inspiring and/or life-changing, and that can bring new and profound understanding and insights. Also examined in sermons is the experience of returning to normal life after one of these “mountaintop experiences.” Our seminarian preached a good sermon that covered these points.

Last week I returned from Big Event 4.0 – a continuing education cruise arranged by the women at RevGalBlogPals. BE 4 was an opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new ones, learn from the stories of one another and from our moderator Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, and of course rest and relax in the sun. It was an amazing experience, and in many ways a mountaintop experience (although ocean-top experience is more technically correct in this case).

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent. I find last Sunday’s gospel to be especially appropriate for where I find myself today. I’ve come down from the mountain, (disembarked the ship), and returned home. It is the end of one journey, and now the beginning of another – Lent.

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A Work in Progress

Recently, I read some of my earliest sermons, from 8 or 9 years ago. Frankly, there were some that were cringe-worthy. I couldn’t believe that I said some of the things that I said, or that I said them in such a poor manner. I guess I should take that as a good sign that that I have progressed in my theological understanding since then, but it makes it difficult for me to read those old sermons (and to now post new ones).

I’m starting a blog, one that will contain my sermons and theological ponderings. The inspiration and courage to do so comes from RevGalBlogPals. I went on their Big Event 4.0 – Reframing Hope and have decided to give blogging a try.

I’m sure that it will be challenging to share unfinished thoughts and even finished sermons, knowing that in 10 more years (or even one) I might look back and cringe yet again. Yet I take heart in this quote from Henry Van Dyke: “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” We are all a work in progress, and that’s just fine.

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