Salvation Army, Vuke, & Gardeners

I preached and led worship today as a substitute preacher (not a regular gig of mine these days), and I loved it.  Gosh, I can’t wait until I get to do this all the time . . . I preached mostly on the second part of today’s Gospel text, the parable of the fig tree and the gardener.  The Salvation Army, longtime Phillies third base coach John Vukovich, and visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show all helped flesh out the tale of a God who pours himself into the work of salvaging, of saving, of tending.

If you care to read it, here it is (as a Google Doc): Sermon Lent 3 2007  The usher tells me that the sermon was recorded.  If I get a chance to post the audio file, I will.

About Chris Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.
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2 Responses to Salvation Army, Vuke, & Gardeners

  1. dave hahn says:

    The Gospel, the good news, of our Lord! Amen.
    Hey, thanks for the word of hope. i too find it encouraging to know that God takes that which is about to be dismissed and gives it another chance. What great hope for me and for those i serve because as you suggest i am ‘planting it, nurturing it and trying to let it grow’. I only wish that those who bear the name of God, as church, could provide such an enduring hope for those things that appear not to be worth anything.
    I appreciate your connection between the first part of the pericope as well, repentance and bearing fruit go hand in hand. we were wondering this last week at text study who exactly is the owner and the gardener. i tend to fall in the similar place as you suggesting that Jesus is the one tending the garden that is us. good words of hope. thanks.

  2. Nancy says:

    I liked your sermon quite a bit. I had the same impression of the Salvation Army — until in my late late teens I finally saw “Guys and Dolls.”

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