1 Timothy 1: 12-17

New Resources

  • Proper 19C (2019)

    by Ben Fiore, SJ
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 19C)(2019)

    by Chelsea Harmon
    Most of us can sing “Amazing Grace” by heart. The famous hymn was written by John Newton, many years after his conversion and entry into the ministry following a career in the slave trade. Newton had a conversion experience during a dangerous storm on a slave ship in 1748, but he didn’t leave the business until his health forced him to retire in 1754. He was eventually ordained, and shortly after that wrote “Faith’s Review and Expectation” (“Amazing Grace’s” original name) in 1772. Like Paul’s text today, this song is Newton’s praise and thanks to God for his abundant and undeserved mercy and grace. Newton sings of God’s grace being the constant agent at work to sustain him, a wretch! But it isn’t just in the famous hymn that Newton exhibited such similar sentiments to Paul’s about his own past. His tract, “Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade,” published in 1788, Newton uses the same sort of language as Paul to describe the work of Jesus in his life...
  • Proper 19C (2019)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Growing in God's Love

    by Kate Matthews
  • Proper 19C (2019)

    by Lizette Merchán Pinilla
  • Proper 19C (2019)

    by Rick Power

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from the Archives

  • Ananias

    An Illustration
  • Illustrations

    from Biblical Studies
  • A Trustworthy Saying

    by Dan Clendenin
    Around the year 200, "purely Christian images began to appear." The catacombs in and around Rome, along with the discovery of a house church at Dura Europos in Syria dated to 240 AD, show how the earliest Christian art was not merely decorative but intentionally devotional; its purpose was not "objective beauty" but an "expression of faith."This early Christian art appears on seal rings, tombs, clay lamps, engraved gems, and in one instance a marble statuette. A hundred years after that, Christian art adorns belt buckles and Bible covers, plates and coins, intricate mosaics and ornate crosses. Eventually, Christian art under Constantine changed radically, as images and even architecture became "imperialized."
  • Proper 19C (2016)

    by Scott Hoezee
    In Frederick Buechner’s memorable framing of it, Saul of Tarsus set out as a hatchet man for the Pharisees and returned a fool for Christ. He went from being convinced that eternal life was bought on an installment plan of good works to believing that God is about as wildly loose with his saving grace as Crazy Eddie the used car salesman whose TV ads feature Eddie hopping up and down like a mad man in promising that he’ll do ANYTHING to make you a good deal. It ends up being all grace, all undeserving. That whole thing about God’s grading on the curve? Forget about it.
  • Men Wanted

    from Our Daily Bread
  • A Faith That Prospers

    by Keith Wagner
    ("One day a wealthy city man took his son on a trip to the country, supposedly to visit a relative; in actuality, however, the trip was to show his son how poor country folks live....")
  • All-Sufficient Grace

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("A large prosperous downtown church had three mission churches under its care that it had started. On the first Sunday of the New Year all the members of the mission churches came to the city church for a combined Communion service....")
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Grace

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

Resources from 2013 to 2018

Resources from 2010 to 2012

  • Commentary

    by A. K. M. Adam
  • Burning

    by Daniel Bollerud
  • From Me to Thee

    by Daniel Bollerud
  • Proper 19C (2010)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Reflection (Ordinary 24C)(2010)

    by Kate Huey
    Barbara Brown Taylor has written a beautiful sermon on this text, "The Lost and Found Department," in which she calls this fifteenth chapter of Luke's Gospel "the gospel within the gospel" (The Preaching Life): these parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin, followed by the Prodigal Son story, are "all good news," one might say, "all good news, all of the time." But we might wonder, is it fair and balanced, too? After all, the concern of the Pharisees is not necessarily hypocritical and corrupt, Roger E. Van Harn claims: "Given the Pharisees' and scribes' love for God and law-shaped mission, Jesus' table fellowship with sinners was an offense and an obstacle to the coming redemption"
  • Ordinary 24C (2010)

    by Kate Huey
    "In 1918, when my mom was two years and four months old, she was playing with her older sisters, my aunts, at a neighbor's house two doors away from home. She decided to go home, and my aunts, being four and six years old themselves, didn't have the sense to stop her or to take her home themselves. So my mom toddled out to the sidewalk, and turned right instead of left, the wrong direction..."
  • Fore Giving for Giving

    by Charles Love
  • Growing in God's Love

    by Kate Matthews
  • On Christ Saving Sinners

    by Mary Hinkle Shore
  • Ordinary 24C (2010)

    by Wesley White

Resources from the Archives

Children's Resources and Dramas