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  • Preaching Helps (Proper 9B)

    by Doug Bratt
    On June 16, 2018 USA Today quoted United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions as using Romans 13 to defend President Trump’s administration’s immigration policies. “I would cite to you the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” he said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later added: “It is very biblical to enforce the law.” This use of Romans 13 enraged many Americans as well as people across the world. Yet while oceans of ink have been spilled debating Sessions and Sanders’ exegesis, I was struck by the response to it of a wise member of the church I pastor. He said, “I always get nervous when government officials quote Romans 13 to defend their own policies.”...
  • Shepherd of Israel

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Proper 9B (2018)

    by Tim Green
  • God's Choice?

    by John Holbert
  • David Anointed King

    Podcast with Rolf Jacobson, Craig R. Koester and Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
  • The What and the Why

    by Fay Rowland
  • Learning from Experience

    by Michael Ruffin
  • Proper 9B (2018)

    by Alphonetta Wines
  • Images of David

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

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  • Learning Leadership

    by Jane Anne Ferguson
    ("There is a story of Prince Siddhartha who became the Buddha when he was young. It speaks of the actions of a true leader....")
  • Proper 9B (2015)

    by David Garber, Jr.
  • Proper 9B (2015)

    by Scott Hoezee
    From Eugene Peterson’s Leap Over a Wall (Harper Collins, 1997). Note Peterson’s words on the function of 2 Samuel 5 in the larger narrative of David’s life story: “Traveling through scenic country, we sometimes come upon a sign reading ‘Roadside Vista Ahead.’ In anticipation we slow down, get out of our car, stretch—and look. We see where we’ve been, we see where we’re headed. Take a breather. Eat a snack. Enjoy the scenery. We can’t always be driving, watching the road closely. Not driving is also part of the trip—savoring what we’ve done, absorbing the landscape, letting the contours of the land and the colors of the horizon sink into our imaginations. These are connective moments. We have various ways of honoring them. We honor them on and with anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, retirements, reunions, celebrations—and by pulling off at roadside vistas. Honoring them is one of the ways we have of keeping our lives coherent—keeping them connected with what we’re becoming. Without frequent reconnaissance, we’re in danger of living in spasms without coordination, without rhythm. The ‘greater and greater’ message of 2 Samuel 5:10 is pivotal in the David story.” As Peterson goes on to point out, it’s a time to take stock, to anticipate the future, and just so to size up all things under God’s gracious care.
  • Jerusalem in the World (2 Samuel)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
  • Proper 9B (2015)

    by Wesley White

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