Luke 7:36 - 8:3

Other New Resources

Recommended Resources

{Based on requests from several members (although I am reluctant to do so since my favorites may not be those of others), I am listing here some of my own favorite resources. FWIW!!]
  • Forgiveness

    Texts and Resources from the Archives
    (esp. John 12: 1-8)
  • You Gave Me No Water for My Feet

    by Sil Galvan
    If any of you have ever seen the movie Brian's Song, you should remember the name of Kermit Alexander. He was a cornerback on the San Francisco 49ers football team when, on November 10, 1968 at a game against the Chicago Bears, he went airborne to make a tackle on a lead guard. But the guard went to the ground to avoid the hit leaving Kermit flying straight into Gale Sayers' right knee. The hit ended Sayers' career.
  • My Father, Guilt and Shame

    by Terrance Klein, SJ
    ("Some would suggest that guilt is a negative thing, and that those who raise its awareness within us should be avoided at all cost. They couldn't be more wrong...when the cause is just, the only way for a human being to move beyond what is wrong, to move on to something so much the better, is the awareness that we call guilt. Guilt may not feel good, but lots of things necessary to human life don't...")
  • Ordinary 10C

    by Bill Loader
    always good insights!
  • Imagining the Other

    by Lisa Onbelet
    (includes numerous quotes)
  • Exegetical Notes

    by Brian Stoffregen
    (always excellent exegesis with numerous quotes)
  • Do You See This Woman?

    by D. Mark Davis
    (Includes lots of Greek exegesis!!)

Illustrated Resources from 2016 to 2018

  • Me Before You? Where Does God Figure In.

    by Jim Chern
    Then a friend shared an article with a somewhat provocative headline caught my attention "Me Before You: Dear Hollywood, why do you want me dead?" The author, a 11 year old named Ella Frech calls out Hollywood in an amazingly eloquent, thoughtful and challenging piece as she begins: Dear Hollywood, Why do you want me dead? Please don’t deny it. The movies you make tell me the truth about what you really think about me. Me Before You comes out tomorrow. . . It’s the story of a guy who gets in an accident, and has a spinal cord injury, and has to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A guy you think should want to die because he has to live a life that looks like mine...
  • Nothing Left to Lose: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar and a High School Graduate

    by Janet Hunt
    One among them stood out for as he spoke he did so without notes. Clearly, he had been profoundly shaped by the turning around he had experienced in his faith in these last years. He spoke of not going to church much when he was 'young,' but at the invitation of a friend he connected with a faith community. He shared about he had been brought to his knees on a mission trip with his newly adopted church youth group --- how he had been overwhelmed by gratitude and reduced to tears at what Jesus had done for him. After this young man took his place once more in the front row with the other graduates, we were invited to stand and sing, "Great is Thy Faithfulness." And there he stood with his outstretched arms waving in the air --- a physical gesture of his openness and his gratitude. A physical gesture, I might add, which is not often, if ever, witnessed in the front pew at First Lutheran Church. Or any other pew in our place for that matter.
  • Ordinary 11C (2016)

    by Mihee Kim-Kort
    A friend who does research in Calcutta tells me about an Indian custom she has witnessed frequently on her visits. When certain people enter another person’s home, they are greeted by the host—who bows before the guest and places their forehead on the guest’s feet in a gesture of love. I can only imagine the dirt and grime on bare feet, feet that walk the streets of a city where there is regular flooding.
  • Sight versus Insight

    by Terrance Klein
    In his spiritual autobiography, Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton pondered the most prosaic of childhood memories. Looking back, with insight, he sees what he didn’t spot then: his brother’s “natural humility and love” and his own “hard-heatedness.” It moves him to compunction.
  • To Those Women

    by Larry Patten
    Women made me who I am today. Yes, always, thanks Mom. I forever love and miss you. But this isn’t about my mother. Or my two sisters, one older, one younger, and both have given me trust I value and memories I cherish. The women I’m talking about also don’t include my wife, who has shared love and friendship and encouragement beyond explaining. I am who I am because of women in the Bible.
  • More Than Sandwiches

    by Melissa Bane Sevier
    Right after college, I went to a very conservative seminary in the Reformed tradition, to get a degree in Christian education. A good thing that I didn’t want to be a pastor at that point, because that school didn’t even allow women to enroll in the Master of Divinity program. There were about a dozen women in a school of 250 or so students. When a female friend and I decided to take a summer Greek intensive course, some of our male colleagues protested to the administration. “Why should women be allowed to study Greek? What are they going to do with it, since they can’t preach?” I’m not sure what discussions went on in meetings, but we were allowed to take the class. The professor was very kind and treated us the same as he did the guys. The following semester, she and I enrolled in a Greek exegesis class, studying texts and their meaning in the original language. Same prof, many of the same students...
  • The Challenge to Forgive

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    It is a dramatic scene out of America's mythical past - a Western scene of cowboys, saloons, and gunslingers; a scene of wide-open spaces conquered by fierce individualists, liquor, and true grit. I speak of the scenes in the award-winning movie, Unforgiven, starring Clint Eastwood as Bill Munny, who was "a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition." However, he married, and it is his gentle wife who bears him two children and leads him into a settled and reformed, if impoverished, life where he hangs up his six guns to raise pigs.

    His wife's untimely death from small pox crippled him on his road to recovery from his addiction to violence. And so does the arrival of a young gunslinger, the Schofield Kid.

  • Southerners, Jesus and Drag Queens

    by Anna Tew
    When I was in seminary, I had the joy of serving as the intern at St. Mark United Methodist Church on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. St. Mark sits in the center of Midtown, which in the 1980s and 1990s became home to a large segment of Atlanta’s gay male population. St. Mark at the time was a tiny and dying church. Every year, the Pride parade marched by the church. The Baptist church across the street, feeling threatened by such shows of “indecency,” hired guards to stand in front of their church. St. Mark, however, decided to offer hospitality instead. During one parade, in the heat of June in Atlanta, the elderly ladies of St. Mark offered cups of cold water to the thirsty marchers with a simple message: “You are welcome here.” One by one, the young gay men who had moved into Midtown came to check it out—to see if this welcome was real. They found that it was.
  • What the Body Knows

    by Debie Thomas
    In her book, An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor tells a related story about visiting a beautiful old church in Alabama. Having arrived for the service too early, she stood for a while in front of the altar, admiring a mural of Jesus emerging from his tomb. Though the painting was impressive, Taylor felt that something was off; Jesus looked too ethereal. After gazing at the mural for several seconds, she realized what was missing: Jesus had no body hair.
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Faith

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Generosity

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Repentance

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

Illustrated Resources from 2010 to 2015

  • Alabaster Extravagance

    by Mary Anderson
    ("My Mennonite friends recently introduced me to one of the greatest heroes and martyrs in their tradition--Dirk Willems who died in 1569. Dirk, like other Anabaptists, rejected infant baptism, and for this he was arrested. You might know that the three foundational beliefs of the Mennonites are the belief in adult baptism, in the separation of church and state, and in the practice of non-violence in all circumstances...")
  • Lectionary Lab (Proper 6C)(2016)

    by Delmer Chilton
    "My preaching professor at Duke, who was a Baptist, liked to tell the story about a young Baptist man from "up north somewhere," who came to Louisville to study at the Baptist Seminary. It wasn't long before he secured a regular job preaching at a little church over near Lexington. On his first Sunday he lit into tobacco pretty hard..."
  • Our Illustrious God-Inspired Mothers

    by Daniel Clendenin
    ("The Lausiac History by Palladius is written to commemorate women far advanced in years and illustrious God-inspired mothers who have performed feats of virtuous asceticism in strong and perfect intention...")
  • Choose Justice

    by Kate Huey
    ("When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me a story about my brother, Dan, who was five years old when I was born. When my mother was expecting me, there were four boys and no girls (yet) in my family, and Dan was not happy about the possibility of a baby girl entering this little kingdom of males...")
  • Your Mission for Summer

    by Beth Johnston
  • Forgiveness to the Max

    by Madeleine L'Engle
    ("There is an old legend about Judas that after his death Judas found himself at the bottom of a deep and slimy pit. For thousands of years he wept his repentance, and when the tears were finally spent, he looked up and saw way, way up a tiny glimmer of light. After he had contemplated it for another thousand years or so, he began to try to climb up towards the light...")
  • Pentecost 3

    by Robert Morrison
    ("Equus hemionus kulan" - probably you know it as the Onager. Last week a crossword puzzle addict in Britain was really stumped as he tried to complete his puzzle. Although he'd worked these puzzles for most of his life, the name of this animal had escaped him. Finally this fan aged 89 used an internet search to solve a clue about the donkey...")
  • Hospitality, Gospel Style

    by Paul Nuechterlein
    I’d like to end by stretching us a bit further in terms of religious boundaries, with a story from Brian McLaren‘s latest book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, which we studied this past year during the Sunday learning hour. In it, he tells this hospitality Gospel-style story of crossing the boundaries set up by religion to make new friends: One of the most dramatic of those friendships began in the aftermath of 9/11/01. Like a lot of churches, our little congregation held a prayer service. While praying, I felt a voice speaking, as it were, in my chest: Your Muslim neighbors are in danger of reprisals. You must try to protect them. The next morning, I wrote and made copies of a letter extending, belatedly, friendship toward Muslim communities in my area, and offering solidarity and help if simmering anti-Muslim sentiments should be translated into action...
  • Hospitality and Life

    by Fran Ota
    ("I am sure lots of you have seen the movie Sister Act. Whoopi Goldberg, playing the part of Vegas lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a brutal mob murder. To keep her safe, the police hide her in a convent and she becomes Sister Mary Clarence..." and another illustration)
  • Proper 6C (2010)

    by Joseph Parrish
    (includes several quotes)
  • Gratitude, the Basis of All Virtue

    by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
    ("When I was eighteen, while playing soccer at the seminary, I injured one of my knees rather seriously. The injury required a week-long stay in a local hospital. While there, I shared a ward with three other patients, one of them a fifty-sometime truck-driver who was suffering from an abdominal disorder. Whatever the specifics of his illness, it caused him a great deal of pain...")
  • Jesus and the Prostitute

    Poem for Worship by Robert Stuhlmann
    "A reporter for Seven Days, a weekly newspaper in Vermont has been recording his experience with prostitution in Chittenden County. He entered about five places that labeled themselves as Spas and reported on what transpired. He raised the troubling issue of human trafficking: How mostly Asian women, largely Korean, find their way into the States and into this dark underworld of abuse..."
  • Like a Waving Flag

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ["Those of us who live in the United States have no experience with royalty or with 'kingdoms' ruled by kings or queens. We have no royal family, so we have to invent our royalty. We had the 'King of Rock'n'Roll,' Elvis Presley. We had the 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson. We had a 'King of Soul', James Brown..."]
  • Faith That Saves

    by Keith Wagner
    ("A young boy borrowed the family car without permission, knowing he could have it home and safely in the garage before his father found out. He hadn't reckoned on getting rear-ended at the second intersection he came to. There was no way to conceal the damage so he parked the car and closed the garage door. Then he spent an evening agonizing over how to deal with his father when he arrived home. When his dad walked in, the young man flashed a look of terror. He told his father everything, complete with profuse apology..." and other illustrations)

Illustrated Resources from 2007 to 2009

(Was Father's Day in 2007)
  • Proper 6C (2007)

    from the Center for Excellence in Preaching
    ("Recently the Templeton Foundation, which has campaigned for an increase in what it calls 'forgiveness research', funded a major nationwide study on people's attitudes toward forgiveness. Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan and the National Institute for Mental Health, the study found that 75% of Americans are 'very confident' that they have been forgiven by God for their past offenses...")
  • Do You Really Want to Be Healed?

    by Dennis Clark
    "There's a tale by H.G. Wells about an elegant, white-maned old bishop who could always be counted on for a pious platitude. When faced with an angry or troubled person, he'd assume his most pious pose and speak in his best stained-glass voice, 'Have you prayed about it, my child?' If spoken in just the right way, this all-purpose question silenced the visitor, and the bishop was home free!..."
  • Are Women Human? Jesus, Women, and Identity Politics

    by Daniel Clendenin
    ("Are women human? That's the question the British writer Dorothy Sayers posed in two short essays written in 1938. She had more than an academic interest in the question. When she finished Somerville College, Oxford, with first class honors in modern languages in 1915, they didn't yet grant degrees to women...")
  • Release and Let Go

    by Tom Cox
    ("You've heard about Irish Alzheimers? It's where you forget everything except the grudges. While in no way making light of the plight of Alzheimers sufferers and their families, the joke does have a pithy truth. Despite everything, we do tend to hold on to negative things emotionally...")
  • Ordinary 11C (2007)

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("Once upon a time a certain well known priest was seen coming out of a disorderly house in his parish. A photographer got a picture of him. A newspaper printed it. A group of Catholic laity put together a petition to the bishop to remove him as pastor. No priest should be seen emerging from such a place...")
  • Ordinary 11C (2007)

    by Tom Jurek
    ("I remember being a little boy getting ready for a long trip with my mom and dad. Mom packed the luggage, dad put it in the car and he looked at the map and drove. ME? I didn’t hold the steering wheel, or plan the route. I bought bubble gum. Remember BAZOOKA bubble gum? Me? I wanted to get on the road...")
  • What Does It Take?

    by Linda Kraft
    "Tillie thought she was known throughout rural Frasier Falls as a bitter old lady. She lived in a big white house that had once been the town's pillared three-story savings and loan. She lived alone and she said she liked it that way. Each weekday afternoon she got her exercise walking back and forth from one window to the other along the front of her big house..." and another illustration
  • Invitation and Welcome

    by Nicholas Lang
    "Sarah Miles was raised as an atheist and lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and writer. She opens her book, Take this Bread, with this account: 'One early, cloudy morning when I was forty-six, I walked into a church, ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine. A routine Sunday activity for tens of millions of Americans..."
  • You Are Welcome Here

    by David Martyn
    A member of our congregation might have thought we needed something better on our sign, so he sent me some pictures of Church Signs. Here are some samples. 'There are some questions that can’t be answered by Google.'..."
  • A Place of Welcome

    by James Moor
    ("There is an old legend about Judas that Madeleine L'Engle tells. The legend is that after his death Judas found himself at the bottom of a deep and slimy pit. For thousands of years he wept his repentance, and when the tears were finally spent, he looked up and saw way, way up a tiny glimmer of light....")
  • Ordinary 11C (2007)

    by Paul O'Reilly, SJ
    ("The best church leader I have ever known is not a priest, or a nun, or any kind of 'professional' religious. He is a lay leader and he works in a Church community in a little village in the Amazon, many thousands of miles way from here. He is a truly holy man, exemplary in his personal life. He works hard as the village school-master to provide for his family...")
  • The Woman with the Perfume

    by Charles Royden
    ("Let me introduce you to a can, it is dented can. I think that once, not long ago, these kinds of tins would have been sold off, cheap. I can remember going into supermarkets and there would be large bins with these tins in for people to buy. And there would be sign on the bin that read, 'Damaged Goods'...")
  • Your Faith

    by Martin Singley
    "My dad’s relationship with God crystallized in a special way when he was in his forties. While God had certainly walked with him from the time he was born and my father cherished that relationship, there came one of those mountaintop moments many years later when my dad and Jesus really became friends..."
  • Freely Receive, Freely Give

    by Alex Thomas
    ("A man arrived at heaven and was shown into God's office for judgment. One office wall was a huge window looking down on earth. The earth was beautiful with its blue waters, green forests, and white clouds. On the table in front of the window, there was a pair of glasses. They must be God's glasses...")
  • Illustrations

    by Tim Zingale

Illustrated Resources from the Archives

  • Mousetraps

    from Christian Century
    "HOW DO YOU PROVE that your uncle killed your father on his way to seizing both a crown and a sister-in-law for himself? Hamlet decides that a bit of drama called 'The Mouse-trap' might be the way to 'catch the conscience of the king.'..."
  • There's Something About Mary

    by Bob Allred
    ("Ruth Bell Graham, the daughter of Presbyterian medical missionaries to China , says that she can never remember not knowing that Christ was her Savior: Although she is the wife of the world's foremost practitioner of instantaneous conversion...")
  • Damaged Goods

    by Mickey Anders
    ("One day, in order to get a class discussion going, sociology professor Tony Campolo asked his students what some of the world's great religious leaders might have said about prostitution. The discussion was lively and intense. He was setting up the class to evangelize, and when he felt that the time was ripe, he asked what seemed to be the crucial question...")
  • We Have This Gift to Give

    by Peter Bankson
    "About ten years ago Philip Hyde wrote an interesting book, called The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property. In it, he teases the idea of 'gift' out of the clutches of the 'economy'. True gifts, he argues, can not be repaid. If a gift can be repaid, it’s an investment. That’s not bad, just different..."
  • An Invitation To Get To Know Jesus

    Narrative Sermon by Steven Chapman
    ("It was an invitation that I couldn’t refuse. Oh, I had received lots of invitations in my lifetime; invitations to weddings, invitations to parties, invitations to fund raising gatherings for religious organizations and political parties. But never an invitation quite like this one...")
  • Life Is Gift

    by John Claypool
    ("I had a friend once who had struggled for years with feelings of inadequacy. He had tried so hard to earn a sense of worth by out-achieving and out-competing other people. But every time, he told me, it turned out to be just like cotton candy...")
  • This Awful Sweetness

    by Patricia de Jong
    "Howard Thurman writes these words about love in his autobiography: 'What have I learned about love? One of the central things is the experience of being understood by another, this is of primary importance. Somewhere deep within is a place beyond any faults and virtues that has to be confirmed before I can run the risk of opening my life to another..."
  • Working for Peanuts

    by Robert Elder
    ("listen to the way Clarence Jordan paraphrased the it in his southern Cotton Patch version of Luke: 'A certain church member invited him home for dinner. He accepted and went into the church member’s house and sat down. Then a shady lady of the town, who had heard that Jesus was being entertained at the church member’s home, bought a bottle of high-priced perfume...")
  • The Cookie Thief

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
    ("Today's gospel reminds one of the story of the cookie thief. A woman at the airport waiting to catch her flight bought herself a bag of cookies, settled in a chair in the airport lounge and began to read her book. Suddenly she noticed the man beside her helping himself with cookies from the cookie bag between them...")
  • Applying the Word

    by Richard Fairchild
    "C.S. Lewis, one of the great lay theologians of the past century wrote this about our applying the word of God to the lives of other people: 'Unfortunately, we enjoy thinking about other people's faults: and in the proper sense of the word "morbid", that is the most morbid pleasure in the world..."
  • How Jesus Approached the Proud and the Humble

    by Paul Fritz
    ("In her memoir of a truly dysfunctional family, The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr tells of a Texas uncle who remained married to his wife but did not speak to her for forty years after a fight over how much money she spent on sugar. One day he took out a lumber saw and sawed their house exactly in half...")
  • Grumbling or Grace

    by Vince Gerhardy
    ("In a scene from the movie Ironweed the characters played by Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep stumble across an old Eskimo woman lying in the snow, probably drunk. Not too sober themselves, the two debate what they should do about her. 'Is she drunk or a bum?' asks Nicholson. 'Just a bum. Been one all her life.' 'And before that?' 'She was a whore in Alaska.'..." and other illustrations)
  • Welcoming Wolves

    by Patricia Gillespie
    "Once upon a time there were three little pigs. As they set out to make their ways in the world, their pastor warned them about the dangers of associating with the Big Bad Wolf. Some of the older pigs wondered if the First Little Pig had ears to hear, because he spent his time eating, drinking, and telling stories with any stranger he happened to meet..."
  • How Much Is God Worth To You?

    by Rick Gillespie-Mobley
    ("I want you to meet Tabitha. Tabitha grew up thinking she was in charge of her life. She could do what she wanted to do as long as she didn’t hurt anybody. Tabitha wanted money, she wanted love and she wanted acceptance. I don’t know if she was blessed or cursed with good looks but the older she got, the more attractive she became...")
  • Proper 6C (2004)

    by Roger Haugen
    "Every Monday evening at our church we have an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. There is one old fellow I’ll call Bert. Bert is close to 80. He is a gentle man who is the father figure of that AA group. He cares deeply about everyone who attends and since I am around, his care flows over to me..."
  • Extravagant Grace

    by Mark Haverland
    ("Year's ago, my wife's father, a famous preacher and religious leader, came back from a trip to Japan with a new appreciation for the grace of God expressed by the Japanese word, Shabui, which means 'understated elegance...")
  • Rule-Breaking Women/Role-Breaking Women

    by Donald Hoffman
    ("When our son turned four it was like a switch flipped in his brain. He suddenly had a brand new rule to follow. If mommy says 'yes,' you have to say 'no'. If daddy says 'don't do it', you have to do it. It's the rebellion rule, and anyone who's ever raised a four-year-old has suffered through it...")
  • Seeing Beyond the Sin

    by Isaiah Jones
    ("Vicki Collins, an English professor, shared an experience of a teacher who changed her life during high school. She says the classroom in which her teacher was teaching was located on the side of the building where a main thoroughfare of the city ran. Traffic was constant, including the sound of emergency vehicles, throughout each day....")
  • The Gospel According to Seabiscuit

    by Fred Kane
    ("The movie and book about Seabiscuit that was popular over a year ago tell the story about a horse and a trinity of his broken-down friends who all give and receive grace...")
  • The Gospel According to Seabiscuit

    by Fred Kane
    "The movie and book about Seabiscuit that was popular over a year ago tell the story about a horse and a trinity of his broken-down friends who all give and receive grace..."
  • You Are Welcome Here

    by David Martyn
    A member of our congregation might have thought we needed something better on our sign, so he sent me some pictures of Church Signs. Here are some samples. 'There are some questions that can’t be answered by Google.'..."
  • Can You Believe It?

    Narrative Sermon by Linda Kraft
  • David, Jesus and Ronald Reagan

    by Dodd Lamberton
    ("The story is told, how, before he gave a speech, Mr. Reagan would always drink a glass of hot water. Not cold, not warm, but hot water -- so hot that his aides had to wrap the glass in a cloth napkin. Everyone wondered about this odd ritual, until finally someone asked the President why he drank a glass of hot water before he gave a speech...")
  • The Forgiveness Business

    by David Leininger
    ("Tony Campolo describes checking into his hotel in Hawaii once and trying to get some sleep. Unfortunately, his internal clock wakes him at 3:00 AM. The night is dark, the streets are silent, the world is asleep, but Tony is wide awake and his stomach is growling. He gets up and prowls the streets looking for a place to get some bacon and eggs for an early breakfast....")
  • Scandalous Behavior

    by Michael Lindvall
    "A few years ago I introduced a new element into the weddings at which I officiate. Several weeks before the ceremony I ask the couple to write each other love letters. Write privately, I tell them. Don’t show the letter to anyone, not even to each other. Just seal it in an envelope and give it to me. And then I ask them if I can select excerpts from their letters to read as a part of the wedding sermon..."
  • The Pharisee and the Prostitute

    by Edward Markquart
    ("Harvey Cox’s first call was to Seoul, Korea. He was going to have a very specialized ministry in that he was going to minister to the street prostitutes of Seoul. After seven years, it finally happened, and God got through to the heart of…Harvey Cox. You see, Harvey had been working with the prostitutes but he felt that he was one, two, or three cuts above them..." and another illustration about Les Miserables)
  • The Woman with the Perfume

    by Charles Royden
    ("Let me introduce you to a can, it is dented can. I think that once, not long ago, these kinds of tins would have been sold off, cheap. I can remember going into supermarkets and there would be large bins with these tins in for people to buy. And there would be sign on the bin that read, 'Damaged Goods'...")
  • Eating

    by David Martyn
    "Cori’s mom grew up during the Depression. Her family was poor, like much of the rest of the country, but they had a vegetable garden that kept them from starving. Strangers passing through town in search of work were welcome at their table. They never turned anyone away hungry. One day, her father brought home a man named Henry..."
  • A Warm Welcome

    by Beth Quick
    ("My mother shared with me an email she received with this 'Affirmation for Today', by an unknown author. In part it reads: 'Today I will find the grace to let go of resentments of others and self-condemnation over past mistakes. Today I will not try to change, or improve, anybody but me...")
  • Tears, Perfume and Forgiveness

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
    ("Do you remember the musical The Music Man? Professor Harold Hill came to a small town in the Midwest to sell musical instruments. He gets the town's attention by pointing out the trouble a pool hall could cause, 'Ya got trouble in River City, Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool.'...")
  • Freely, Freely

    by Alex Thomas
    ("Robinson Crusoe, as you remember, was shipwrecked on an Island and befriended the one other living person on the Island, a person whom he named Friday. They got along fine helping one another and Friday even learned to speak English. However one night around the fire, Robinson Crusoe wanted to teach Friday about God..." and other illustrations)
  • Seeing People Through Jesus' Eyes

    by Alex Thomas
    ("Paul Tillich when commenting on this passage aks some pertinent questions: 'Why do children turn from their righteous parents and husbands from their righteous wives, and visa versa? Why do Christians turn away from their righteous pastors? Why do people turn way from righteous neighborhoods?...")
  • Daddy Finds Grace

    Narrative Sermon by Pamela Tinnin
    ("It's nice a you to stop by. I been up at the cemetery puttin' flowers on my daddy's grave. Cemetery sure looks nice; last spring they caught some old boys from over to Tipton pushing over the gravestones. When the case went to court, Judge Jeffers give 'em a choice: 30 days at the County farm or fix up the cemetery...")
  • Forgiven Much, So Love Much

    Narrative Sermon by Pamela Tinnin
    ("Let's listen to the words of a young woman in her twenties; she's from Oklahoma. 'My daddy has been the head deacon at Wetumka Redeemed People of God ever since 1987, the year old man Taylor passed on. When he was lyin’ up there in the hospital at Oklahoma City, Brother Taylor kept askin’ for Daddy...")
  • Proper 6C (2007)

    by Barry Turner
    ("One way we talk about it is in psychological terms with words like persona and shadow. Our word for person comes from the Greek word persona. Persona means mask and the word comes from the mask worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman drama...")
  • Forgiven Much

    by Keith Wagner
    ("A young boy and his dad were returning home from a shopping mall, and the boy had acted badly, running off, being uncooperative, wanting this and that, etc. He could tell his father was in a bad mood, and he tried to broach the subject of his behavior. 'When we ask God to forgive us when we are bad,' he asked, 'He does, doesn’t he?'...")
  • Passing the Test

    by Keith Wagner
    ("Stephen Glenn tells the story about his experience with one of his teachers. Her name was Miss Hardy. She was his teacher in the fifth grade. Glenn was a 'learning-disabled child'. He suffered from Dyslexia. Each of his elementary teachers passed him on to the next grade, including their observations of him as a 'learning-disabled' child...")
  • The Power of Forgiveness

    by Keith Wagner
    ("Jo Claire Hartsig tells the story about nine-year-old Bess Sannino who had her home broken into. When her Virginia Beach home was vandalized, some of her favorite personal items were stolen. The home was also pelted with raw eggs and graffiti was sprayed on the garage door. The family was in shock and their first reaction was to get revenge...")
  • Friend of Sinners

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("There was once a candymaker who made candy in the shapes of animals and birds of different colors and sizes. When he sold his candy to children, they would begin to quarrel with words such as these: 'My rabbit is better than your elephant, but it is tastier.'..." and another short illustration)
  • Love Means No One Is Excluded

    by David Zersen
    ("Our son, Rolf, is named after a Jewish man who had a major impact on us at an early point in our married life, When my wife and I first met him, we were the products of a sheltered, Anglo-Saxon environment which had exposed us to few prejudices. For that matter, racial diversity was a concept unknown to us...")
  • The Grace of Christ

    by Tim Zingale
    ("A man in retirement decided to visit as many cemeteries as possible to see the uniqueness of the tombstones. After his travel, he put together a slide show of the many unique tombstones he found. At each show, someone would ask what was the most impressive one. He always saved the answer to last..." and another illustration)

Other Resources from 2016 to 2018

Other Resources from 2013 to 2015

Other Resources from 2010 to 2012

Other Resources from 2007 to 2009

Children's Resources and Dramas

The Classics

Recursos en Español

Currently Unavailable

  • Organized

    by Lane Denson
  • You Are Forgiven

    by Patrick Earl, SJ
  • Dad's Greatest Gift

    (Puppet Script by Louise Ferry)
  • Shadow People

    by Michael Frost
  • She Won This Battle

    (Poetic Homily by Michael Kennedy)
  • Forgiveness to Cry For

    by James Schmitmeyer
  • Do You See This Woman?

    by Kreigh Hurst
  • My Father's Forgiveness

    by Frances Woodruff
  • The Love Story

    by Bruce Howell
    ("The story is told of a father and his teenage son who had a relationship that had become strained to the point of breaking. Finally the son ran away from home. His father, however, began a journey in search of his rebellious son. Finally, in Madrid, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in the newspaper...")
  • Dining with Pharisees

    Reviews by Peter Smit et al
  • Freedom and Forgiveness Are Never Free

    by Melvin Newland
    ("On Nov. 19, 1863, Pres. Abraham Lincoln stood on the battlefield at Gettysburg to dedicate a portion of that land as a national cemetery. The featured speaker of the day was Edward Everett, acclaimed as possibly the greatest classical orator of his time. A former United States senator, Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard University, he spoke for more than two hours to an audience of over 25,000 people...")
  • Come See What's Free

    by Robert Rust
    ("There was a man who lived alone and wanted company so he went into a pet store looking for a pet bird. The owner of the pet store showed him several canaries. Then he showed him a talking bird. The talking bird was $600, a lot more than the man wanted to pay, but the owner talked him into buying the bird for company...")
  • Jesus and the Party Crasher

    by Jeff Strite
    ("Alan Calhoun, Bristol, Connecticut told of a garage sale he and wife had a year or so ago. They had decided to put out a mirror they’d received as a wedding gift. The reason they were selling it was that it had a gaudy aqua-colored metal frame and they just couldn’t find a room in their house where it looked good...")