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  • Exegesis (Joel 2:21-32)

    by Richard Niell Donovan
  • Thanksgiving Is Thanks Living

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    Martin Rinkart, a Lutheran pastor in Eilenburg, Germany, wrote the hymn during the Thirty Year War which raged in Germany during the 1600's. Eilenburg was a walled city and was a place of refuge for thousands of refugees fleeing the war. As it filled with helpless victims, the city became overcrowded and was under-supplied with food, sanitation, and medical care. Instead of a place of refuge, it soon became a city of death. Plagues raged through the city claiming hundreds of victims. In the midst of misery and pain, Reverend Rinkart wrote sixty hymns of faith and hope. His hymns helped turn the people’s eyes from their despair to the power and love of God. Rinkart encouraged them to look beyond their circumstances to the eternal blessings of God. With this confidence, Rinkart was able to minister to thousands. In the terrible plague of 1637, other pastors fled or died, and Rinkart was left alone to bury close to 4500 men, women, and children. Some days he would conduct 45 funerals. As the war drew to a close, Eilenburg was overrun by several armies. At one point, the Swedish army occupied the city, and the general in charge demanded that the people pay a large tribute. On behalf of the people, Rev. Rinkart spoke to the general and begged for mercy. The general was unyielding. Facing possible death, Rinkart called his companions to kneel and pray. “Come my children, we can find no mercy with (humans); let us take refuge with God.” He led the prayer and the singing of a hymn. Stunned, the general watched. When Rinkart rose, the general ordered the levy reduced, and he spared the city. It was with this faith that Rinkart wrote, “Now Thank We All Our God”...

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  • Proper 25C (2016)

    by Walter Bouzard
  • Lost and Restored

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Proper 25C (2016)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Some years back I saw a movie which had a scene which was at once somber and yet funny. In the scene two good friends are seated in the stands at a New York Giants NFL football game. But they are not really watching the game because one of the two men is deeply sad since his wife had left him the day before. With a crestfallen expression on his face, he tells his friend all about the events that had led up to this tragedy in his life. It is a very serious, unhappy conversation... The funny part is that while these two men are talking, “the wave” is sweeping through the stadium.
  • Narrative Lectionary Podcast

    with Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 24C)(2019)

    by Stan Mast
    Discerning the times is a tricky business. I remember a seminary prof illustrating that by referring to mountain ranges. That resonated with me because I grew up in Denver, Colorado, looking at the Rockies all the time. I knew that as I looked at those majestic mountains from my kitchen window, I was seeing many successive ranges, beginning with the foothills and the Front Range and culminating at the Continental Divide. Between the gentle foothills and the jagged peaks, there were many miles of ups and downs, but you couldn’t tell how far each range was from the other. What is true of distances in the mountains is true of years in God’s calendar. We can’t tell how long the last days will go on and how far we are from the peak.
  • Seeing Visions

    by Jim McCrea
    •Fifty-seven years ago this month, in the heart of the Cold War, the world came as close to nuclear annihilation as it ever has. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was concerned about the American arsenal of nuclear weapons based in Europe and Turkey which were aimed at the Soviet Union. So he decided to balance things out a bit by installing a group of Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba. Once the American government became aware of what Khrushchev was doing and realized that those missiles were so close to the United States that they could devastate the entire eastern seaboard in a matter of 13 minutes, an ultra-tense 13-day standoff began, an incident which is now known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy ordered a blockade of Soviet ships heading for Cuba. That meant there were a number of pressure-packed confrontations between American and Russian ships on the high seas during which any false moves had the potential of kicking off World War III. That, in turn, could have been the shortest and deadliest war in history. In the midst of that crisis, an American U-2 spy plane took off from its base in Alaska for an eight-hour flight to the North Pole and back. The plane carried scientific equipment to measure radiation coming from a Russian base along its flight path...
  • Olive Oil and Grasshoppers

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Olive Trees" shows olive trees in full leaf against a brilliant blue sky. The coolness of the painting is further enhanced by the blue shadows cast by the trees. The ground is a greenish-gray mixed with white. This is a time of plenty. This is the time of repayment. But what about the grasshoppers? How are they "repaid" for the destruction they left in their wake?...
  • Proper 25C (2019)

    by Megan Pardue
  • Proper 25C (2019)

    by Casey Thornburgh Sigmon
  • Proper 25C

    by Matt Walton

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