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Advent 2021 Resources

Find a collection of Advent resources and Christmas resources including sermon ideas, whole sermons, sermon series ideas, and more.

Reformed Connections to the RCL

On this page, you will find a resource that traces Lectionary texts to specific parts of the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession.

This Week's Sermon Commentaries

Luke 3.1-6 Sermon Commentary

This week and next we are listening to John the Baptist, who is set up here as a prophet. The signs are obvious (once you know how to see them). First, there’s the clear shift in the text from chapter 2, as Luke provides political context to pinpoint the actual historical moment that John’s message…

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Malachi 3:1-4 Sermon Commentary

Have you ever read a classic book you’d never before read only to run across a line you knew by heart?  “Oh,” you might say, “I didn’t know this is where that saying came from!”  For instance, John Donne’s works are peppered with lines that have assumed a life of their own.  People who don’t…

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Luke 1:68-79 Sermon Commentary

Someone once said that visits always bring pleasure because even if the arrival of a certain visitor didn’t make you happy, his departure will!  The comedic pianist Victor Borge also touched on this topic when he once noted that the mythic figure of Santa Claus has the right idea: you should visit people just once…

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Philippians 1:3-11 Sermon Commentary

Jesus’ friends would do well to take at least some of our Advent cues from children. This is, after all, a season of waiting. However, children especially sometimes struggle to wait patiently during Advent. In fact, some of them have an almost laser-focus on that which they await. Adults may share some of children’s impatience…

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Fine-Tuning Your Preaching

Sermon Craft – Rev. Meg Jenista

Political or Partisan? – Rev. Meg Jenista

Preaching Salvation – Rev. Meg Jenista

Desire for Anointed Preaching Part 1 – Rev. David Beelen

Desire for Anointed Preaching Part 2 – Rev. David Beelen

Sermon Introductions Do’s and Don’ts – Rev. John Rottman

Preaching Parables Graciously – Rev. John Rottman

The Ethics of Sermon Illustrations – Rev. Scott Hoezee

God-Active Language – Rev. Scott Hoezee

What is an Illustration? – Rev. Scott Hoezee

Show, Don’t Tell – Rev. Scott Hoezee

Imagination and Images – Rev. Peter Jonker

The Controlling Image – Rev. Peter Jonker

Physical Space in Preaching – Rev. Mary Hulst

Preaching Without Notes – Rev. Mary Hulst

The Center for Excellence In Preaching

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