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  • Sermon Starters (Lent 2B)(2021)

    by Doug Bratt
    In her famous Diary of Anne Frank, the young woman writes this about her diary: “I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for giving me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!” From so many angles, that, as a colleague loves to say, will preach.
  • Justification by Faith

    by Craig Condon
  • Reckoned as Righteous

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Lent 2B (2021)

    by T. Scott Daniels
    The 2018 Netflix film Private Life deals beautifully, realistically, and painfully with the issue of infertility. Rachel and Richard (played masterfully by Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti) are a middle-aged married couple from New York who have tried everything they can to have a child, with nothing but failure in return. Their years of barrenness have turned their moments of love and physical connection into times of tension, frayed nerves, and bitter disappointment. A failed attempt at invitro-fertilization cost them all of their savings and still left them without a child. Even the hope of adoption left them devastated when the young birth mother, with whom they had developed an adoptive agreement, decided to keep her baby rather than follow through on her promise. The majority of the film centers on their relationship with their direction-less twenty-something niece Sadie, who wanders into their life and volunteers to be the surrogate through whom their hopes can be realized. However, in the end, like Hagar in relationship to Abraham and Sarah, this too fails to fulfill what was promised. Private Life is beautiful but painful to watch. Rachel and Richard’s private agony is almost too much to observe, let alone endure. Nevertheless, the film ends with the couple sitting in a diner, holding hands, and waiting for another expectant young woman, hoping that she might show up and fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Rachel and Richard sit together in the diner as deeply wounded prisoners of hope. The epistle text before us is also rooted in such undying hope and unwavering faith...
  • Exegesis (Romans 4:13-25)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Lent 2B (2021)

    by Adam Hearlson
  • Lent 2B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 2B

    by Bill Loader

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  • God's Promise of Presence

    by Mary Schaller Blaufuss
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  • The Pathway of Faith

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Lent 2B (2018)

    by Stephanie Dyrness-Lobdell
  • Lent 2B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 2B (2018)

    by Scott Hoezee
    “The place to start is with a woman laughing. She is an old woman and, after a lifetime in the desert, her face is cracked and rutted like a six-month drought . . . She is laughing because she is pushing ninety-one hard and has just been told she is going to have a baby. Even though it was an angel who told her, she can’t control herself, and her husband can’t control himself, either. He keeps a straight face a few seconds longer than she does, but he ends by cracking up, too. Even the angel is not unaffected. He hides his mouth behind his golden scapular, but you can still see his eyes...
  • A Promised Holy Land?

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • Lent 2B (2018)

    by Jenny Pietz

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