Especially in uncertain times like our own, people are given to searching for signs: mysterious indicators from the universe, if not from God Himself. The impulse is understandable, and yet the problem, as pastors well know, is that such supposed signs all too often lead away from the one place assurance can be found: the cross and empty tomb of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of John, which famously identifies the power works of Jesus not as "miracles" but as "signs," provides a saluatory and edifying corretive. In this Lenten series we will walk through these signs of our Lord to see that, in a world where people are chasing after any and every possible omen, "These [signs] are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name" (John 20:30-31).
The workshop presenter is Rev. Dr. Ryan Tinetti (D.Min., Duke University). Rev. Dr. Tinetti is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia, MI. He is the author of the book Preaching by Heart (Cascade Press). He is a regular guest preacher for The Lutheran Hour. Pastor Tinetti has also written for Craft of Preaching, Mockingbirg, and The Lutheran Witness. You are invited to read his article in the Spring 2019 Concordia Journal, "Reverse the Curse: Preaching Sermons that Stick."
The cost to attend and/or receive the workshop materials is $50. Workshop registration and registration fee deadline is Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up