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  • Proper 11B (2021)

    by Valerie Bridgeman
  • Exegesis (2 Samuel 7)

    by Richard Donovan
  • God's House

    by Rob Fringer
  • Where Does God Dwell?

    by Kyle Lambelet
  • Building Without Walls

    by Cheryl Lindsay
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 11B)(2021)

    by Stan Mast
    Sometimes a rousing hymn after a sermon will do as much as a great story to drive the message home. As I worked my way through this powerful passage, two hymns began to echo in my mind, one about the present fulfilment of God’s promise to David and the other about the future fulfillment. Rejoice, the Lord is king! Your Lord and King adore. Rejoice, give thanks and sing and triumph evermore. Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice. Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His kingdom cannot fail; he rules o’er earth and heaven; The keys of death and hell to Christ the Lord are given. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice. Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! He sits at God’s right hand till all his foes submit, Bow down at his command, and fall beneath his feet. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice. Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!...
  • Proper 11B (2021)

    by Yvette Schock
  • Proper 11B

    by Howard Wallace

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  • Preaching Helps (Proper 11B)(2018)

    by Doug Bratt
    I have always found the term “worship wars” to be bitterly ironic. In Jesus Christ, after all, God has given God’s adopted sons and daughters both peace with himself and rest from our sometimes-frantic scramble to save ourselves. God has also graciously equipped God’s adopted sons and daughters to live in peace with each other. Yet we sometimes wage war with our fellow Christians over things like worship styles and content. We contest every square inch of ground that is music, liturgy and even the proclamation of God’s Word. Sometimes those battles even seem most pitched on the Sunday that is the day of rest for many Christians. Is it any wonder, then, that not just Sunday’s activities but also its tensions sometimes leave us more exhausted at 8:00 p.m. than we were at 8:00 a.m.? Yet this exhaustion might present those who proclaim 2 Samuel 7 with an chance to explore how we might open ourselves to God’s gift “rest” from those worship battles.
  • Advent 4B (2017)

    by Doug Bratt
    Neal Plantinga notes that Augustine sometimes introduced himself to other Christians by letting them eavesdrop on his extended prayers to God. Some of his confessions take the form of praise in which he confesses God’s greatness and goodness. And sometimes he confesses his sins of self-deception, lust, and conformity to the evil of peers. Sometimes Augustine even sounds anxious, as if his prayer is what Plantinga calls “therapeutic self-examination.” Very often Augustine’s prayers exhibit real beauty...
  • Proper 11B (2018)

    by Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
  • The Eternal Throne

    by Bob Cornwall
  • A House for the Lord

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Raw Propaganda?

    by John Holbert
  • Surprise Message

    by Evan Garner
  • Proper 11B (2018)

    by Jeff McVay
  • Advent 4B (2017)

    by Samuel Giere
  • Preachers in High Places

    by Michael Ruffin
  • Advent 4B (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • No More Davids!

    by John Holbert
  • Building or Growing

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Shown here are two different artistic visions of the Tree of Jesse. The top image is a 12th-century stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral in France. Jesse is at the root with a series of humans sit on the trunk of the tree (like Zacchaeus, maybe?), proceeding in an orderly fashion up to Jesus who sits at the top of the tree with a dove descending on his head.
  • Advent 4B (2017)

    by Stephen Riley

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  • Proper 11B (2015)

    by Ralph Klein
  • Tearing Down Walls (Proper 11B)(2015)

    by Jim McCrea
    Between my second and third trips to Israel, the Israeli government built a massive wall enclosing portions of the West Bank from Israel proper. The wall is 26 feet high and either is or will eventually be 430 miles long. Israel built it as a form of protection from terrorist attacks and they call it the “wall of separation”; however, the Palestinians call it a “wall of apartheid.” What is clear is that the wall causes huge delays for Palestinians traveling to and from the West Bank. At the same time, Israel also created three zones in the West Bank: those open to Israelis only, those open to Palestinians only and those open to anyone. We ran into those restrictions during our visit to Bethlehem, a Palestinian town that’s located inside the wall. Our regular tour guide was Israeli so he was not allowed to come with us. Instead he had to arrange for a Palestinian guide to take us to Bethlehem and he called us anxiously when the crowds at the Church of Nativity meant that our trip took longer than he expected...
  • What Kind of House? (2 Samuel)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
  • Demolishing Sacred Buildings

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • No More Camping Out

    from Sermons on the First Readings
  • Proper 11B (2015)

    by Wesley White

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