At Redeemer we just keep preaching through the Christological texts of Paul. We're not finding texts to fit holidays or holy days. So, e.g., for Christmas and Easter, we just preach on the text that is in queue. I really like doing it this way. It gives a freshness, and unexpectedness, which is like the character of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, this Sunday is Mother's Day. I have a special gift for all the moms who are there. And God has special gifts for us all. One way I expect this to happen is that God will make his preached word living and active.
The text is Romans 8:12-17, which reads:
As usual, these words are so rich, so deep. Part of my focus will be: Actively use the Spirit to put to death the misdeeds of the body. So, it will be another "Go free from sinful addictions" Sunday at Redeemer. My expectation is that the clear proclamation of God's Word is accompanied by the demonstration of God's power in relation to that Word. That is what it means for God's Word to be "living and active." God's preached Word is causally efficacious.
Now I'm thinking of it this way. The philosopher Kant wrote: "Concepts without percepts are empty; percepts without concepts are blind." Kant's famous categories of the understanding need perceptual experience to operate on or be applied to. And, there is no such thing as an uninterpreted perceptual experience. In a similar way: Proclamation without demonstration is empty (it's just a theory at that point); demonstration without proclamation is blind (in the sense of being unguided or, perhaps, ungrounded and potentially heretical).
This Sunday: I shall proclaim and, by the Spirit, God shall demonstrate. It's never some dry, boring thing that happens when we live with this kind of expectation.