Ephesians 6: 10-20

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  • Preaching Helps (Proper 16B)(2018)

    by Doug Bratt
    In his Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis talked about the “two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils: One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight. “This is certainly true about Satan. Some people totally dismiss him as an impersonal force or somebody in a red suit with a pitchfork. On the other end of the spectrum, many people attribute too much power and importance to Lucifer. They feel he is God’s equal.” Paul, comments my colleague Stan Mast, “steers the true course down the middle.”
  • Spiritual Warfare

    by Craig Condon
  • Beyond the Panic Room

    by Maxwell Grant
    As a native New Yorker, I remember the subways of the 1970s and 80s, which didn't always seem safe, especially later at night - and at that time, a group of martial arts trained volunteers began riding the subways, dressed in red berets and muscle shirts. They were called the "Guardian Angels." Now I was young, but to be honest, I was more scared of them than I was of anybody else I personally ever encountered on a New York subway. But I guess that for some, the only answer to fear is a show of toughness, a clear message that says, "Don't mess with me." And yet, that's not Paul's message to the church at Ephesus. Paul's message is to name where true strength and security are to be found...
  • Proper 21B (2018)

    by Helen Hanten
  • Proper 16B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • The Suit Makes the Man

    by Linda McMillan
  • Proper 16B (2018)

    by Aimee Mulder
  • Sermon Notes (Proper 16B)(2018)

    by Paul Nuechterlein
    Scene from the movie Gandhi (1983), a rally in South Africa (ca. 1910) to protest unjust laws against non-whites: Outcries from the crowd promising violent resistance, ending with: “For that cause I would be willing to die!” To which Gandhi responds: I praise such courage. I need such courage, because in this cause I, too, am prepared to die. But, my friend, there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. Whatever they do to us, we will attack no one, kill no one. But we will not give our fingerprints, not one of us. They will imprison us, they will fine us, they will seize our possessions. But they cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. One from the crowd interjects: “Have you ever been to prison? They beat us and torture us….” Gandhi continues: I am asking you to fight. To fight against their anger, not to provoke it. We will not strike a blow. But we will receive them. And through our pain we will make them see their injustice. And it will hurt, as all fighting hurts. But we cannot lose. We cannot. They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then, they have my dead body. Not my obedience. We are Hindu and Muslim, children of God, each one of us. Let us take a solemn oath in His Name that, come what may, we will not submit to this law...
  • Proper 16B (2018)

    by Brian Peterson
  • Ordinary 21B (2018)

    by Alma Tinoco Ruiz
    Rodolfo is a young man from Tenancingo, a small town in Mexico known as a breeding ground for sex traffickers. In the documentary Pimp City, he gives an interview from prison, where he is serving a sentence for sex trafficking. Rodolfo became a pimp when he was 15 years old. The interviewer asks him, “When is the first time you heard that a man can make money by selling the body of a woman?” “It is a family business,” Rodolfo answers. “Since the boys are ten or 11 years old, they say that they want to be like their fathers, pimps. . . . So, practically, you will end up doing what you know in Tenancingo. That’s what you would do, only what you know.” According to the film, in Tenancingo the whole family is involved in the sex-trafficking business: grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, everyone...
  • The Armor of God

    by Gord Waldie

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