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  • Lent 5B (2021)

    by Chris Baker
  • Exegesis (Psalm 51)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Lent 5B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Lent 5B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Theologian Miroslav Volf once pondered the shape and nature of life with God in what we often call “heaven.” Volf speculated that even in our renewed state, the memory of what was bad in this world may still be there. Perhaps our conscious awareness of the good will require our being able to contrast good with evil. In other words, we will know what evil is, but we will never choose to do it because, as Volf writes, the love of God will so continually flood into our hearts that we will never have time or desire for anything else. Our explorations of God’s New Creation, our sheer, unalloyed delight in one another, will provide a rich kaleidoscope of multi-layered and ever-changing patterns of joy. This will be a life so interesting, so filled with abiding curiosity to see what is around the next corner of God’s universe, that the thought of spoiling this will not occur to us.
  • Proper 13B (2021)

    by J. Thomas Johnson
  • A God Who Does Laundry

    by Katherine Willis Pershey
  • Lent 5B (2021)

    by Matthew Stith
  • Lent 5B

    by Howard Wallace
  • Lent 5B (2021)

    by Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson
    At 19, Joey Riklis of Cleveland Ohio, was bored. Born to wealthy parents Joey had just about everything he wanted, yet he was depressed. His mother had recently died, and he did not always agree with his father, a Holocaust survivor who clung tightly to his Jewish traditions and religious rituals. Joey decided to go to India to find himself. He told his father that he had broken with his religion. He disowned Joey. Greatly saddened Joey went to India travelling from guru to guru. Six years passed. One day Joey met a former classmate by accident in Bombay. They talked for awhile and then the friend told Joey how sorry he was to hear about Joey’s father’s death from a heart attack. Shocked Joey couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “I always planned to make up with him. He died from a broken heart.” Joey immediately left India for Israel. He desperately wanted to pray. Following directions to the Wailing Wall, Joey bought a prayer book and borrowed a yarmulke and began to pray. He poured out his heart to God and begged his father’s forgiveness. Then he wrote his petition on a scrap of paper and looked for a place to insert it into the wall. It took him an hour to find an empty place to leave his petition. As he pressed it in, a small piece of paper fell out. He began to read it. “My Dear Son Joey. If you ever should happen to come to Israel and somehow miraculously find this note, this is what I want you to know: I always loved you, even when you hurt me, and I will never stop loving you. You are, and always will be my beloved son. And please Joey, know that I forgive you for everything and only hope that you will forgive a foolish old man. Your Dad. Adam Riklis” It has been more than three years since then. Joey has returned to his religion and is studying to be a rabbi...

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  • Lent 5B (2018)

    by Aaron Bolerjack
  • Sin Stinks

    by Craig Condon
    Jonathan took out his dad’s aftershave lotion and rubbed some on his face before leaving the bathroom. When his mother stepped into his room a little later, she sniffed the air. “What do I smell?” she asked. “Jonathan used Dad’s aftershave lotion,” hollered Sophie from her room across the hall. She came to the doorway. “He didn’t take a shower again.” Mom checked the bathroom. “His towel is damp,” she said. “Check the soap,” said Sophie. “Lots of times when I shower after him it’s not even wet–he just wets his washcloth and towel and pretends he showered.” “Is that true, Jonathan?” asked Mom. She went to the shower and picked up the bar of soap. It was bone dry, and she glared at him. “I just don’t like getting all wet,” Jonathan said defensively. “You’re so gross,” sputtered Sophie. “Sh-h-h.” Mom held up a finger. “Jonathan, I’m sure you know that using this” she held up the aftershave, “doesn’t take the place of using soap. When you splash on cologne or lotion instead of washing, you may smell nice for a while, but the dirt remains. And pretty soon people can tell.”..
  • Abundant Mercy

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Purge Me with Hyssop

    by Laurel Dykstra
  • The Penitent Will Pass

    by Stephen Hearne
    In the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones attempts to get past several traps that have been set to keep people from stealing “the Holy Grail,” the cup of Christ. His father has just been shot by the Nazis, and attaining the cup is the only way to save him. Indiana must solve different “riddles” in order to avoid being killed in one of the traps. One trap seems deadliest as he walks through a tunnel looking at recently decapitated soldiers along the way. The clue is “only the penitent man will pass,” and he keeps repeating it as a wind begins to blow through the tunnel. Suddenly, as the wind gets stronger and the sense of urgency increases, Indiana Jones blurts out, “The penitent man is humble before God,” and as he suddenly kneels and bows down, a large, razor-sharp, spinning blade whisks just over his head. His life is “saved” because of a penitent position. He continues on his quest, eventually obtains the cup, saves his father’s life, and finds a restored relationship with his estranged dad...
  • Proper 19C (2019)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Lent 5B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 19C)(2019)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Theologian Miroslav Volf has pondered the shape and nature of life with God in what we often call “heaven.” Volf speculated that even in our renewed state, the memory of what was bad in this world may still be there. Perhaps our conscious awareness of the good will require our being able to contrast good with evil. In other words, we will know what evil is, but we will never choose to do it because, as Volf writes, the love of God will so continually flood into our hearts that we will never have time or desire for anything else. Our explorations of God’s New Creation, our sheer, unalloyed delight in one another, will provide a rich kaleidoscope of multi-layered and ever-changing patterns of joy. This will be a life so interesting, so filled with abiding curiosity to see what is around the next corner of God’s universe, that the thought of spoiling this will not occur to us...
  • Preaching Helps (Proper 13B)(2018)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Theologian Miroslav Volf once pondered the shape and nature of life with God in what we often call “heaven.” Volf speculated that even in our renewed state, the memory of what was bad in this world may still be there. Perhaps our conscious awareness of the good will require our being able to contrast good with evil. In other words, we will know what evil is, but we will never choose to do it because, as Volf writes, the love of God will so continually flood into our hearts that we will never have time or desire for anything else. Our explorations of God’s New Creation, our sheer, unalloyed delight in one another, will provide a rich kaleidoscope of multi-layered and ever-changing patterns of joy. This will be a life so interesting, so filled with abiding curiosity to see what is around the next corner of God’s universe, that the thought of spoiling this will not occur to us.
  • Proper 13B (2018)

    by J. Thomas Johnson
  • Ash Wednesday (C)(2019)

    by J. Clinton McCann
  • Lent 5B (2018)

    by Elizabeth Webb

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