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  • Exegesis (Psalm 90)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Proper 23B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 23B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    It reminds me, too, of a novel I once read that was set in a Roman Catholic convent. At meal times the sisters were to eat in silence or perhaps listen to Scripture being read. But one possible focus for their minds while eating was the calvarium or skull that sat in front of the Mother Superior at he head table. It was to stand as a reminder not to enjoy the food too much because in the end, they would all die anyway and so at mealtimes as at all times they had to entrust themselves to the Lord.
  • Proper 23B (2021)

    by J. Clinton McCann, Jr.
  • Almost Living

    by David Russell
    Former Indy race car driver Scott Goodyear talked about fatal crashes at the Indianapolis 500. “You don’t go look at where it happened,” he said. “You don’t watch the films of it on television. You don’t deal with it. You pretend it never happened.” The Speedway itself encourages this approach. As soon as the track closes the day of an accident, a crew heads out to paint over the spot where the car hit the wall. Through the years, a driver has never been pronounced dead at the racetrack. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Racing Museum, located inside the 2.5-mile oval, has no memorial to the 40 drivers who have lost their lives here. Nowhere is there even a mention. Many of us take this same approach in our personal lives. Death is something that we just don’t want to think about...

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  • Bless to Me

    by Kathy Donley
  • Proper 28A (2020)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 28A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Few writers in recent times have done as good a job at reminding us of the meaning of the cross than Fleming Rutledge in her landmark 2015 book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. In particular Rutledge highlights the curse of the cross and also the horrible public shaming of Jesus that the cross and that particular kind of death entailed. Appreciating both aspects is vital to understanding the how and the why of Christ’s death. At one point Rutledge recalls the terrible death in 2000 of the young gay man Matthew Shepherd. Shepherd appears to have been tortured and beaten before finally being murdered by some local anti-gay thugs. When they were finished with their evil deed, they tied Shepherd’s body to a fence, a grim display for all to see. One of the police officers who found Shepherd’s body commented later to a local newspaper on the horror of the spectacle, saying that they tied him up “like a scarecrow” and also commenting that it reminded this police officer “of a crucifixion.” We don’t like to think of God’s anger or wrath over sin. But it is real. That is why Jesus was hoisted up on a wooden spike, like a scarecrow, shamefully on display for all to see just how cursed he had become.
  • Proper 27A (2020)

    by Rolf Jacobson
  • Loved

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
  • Teach Us to Number Our Days

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
    Art historian Ingvar Bergström discusses Vanitas Still Life by Jacques de Gheyn II (Jacob de Gheyn) at length in the 1970 journal article “De Gheyn as a ‘Vanitas’ Painter.” The commentary that follows is derived from that. In de Gheyn’s painting, a skull sits inside a stone niche on a bed of dry grass, a reminder that “all flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth . . .” (Isaiah 40:6–7; cf. 1 Peter 1:24). Sitting on the left side of the ledge, the tulip and the wild rose with the fallen petal symbolize how man “cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down” (Job 14:2). The smoking urn on the other side references Psalm 102:3: “my days are consumed like smoke.” Between these two are a spill of Spanish coins and a Dutch military medal, and propped up against the ledge on each side is a gold ten-ducat coin showing, on the obverse, Joanna and Charles as sovereigns of Aragon. The message is that beauty, riches, and worldly power and honors all come to an end...
  • Proper 28A (2020)

    by Carl Leth
  • Proper 25A (2020)

    by Kelvin St. John
  • Proper 25A

    by Howard Wallace

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