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Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Sermon Commentary

Proper 21B

There is not much Esther in the Revised Common Lectionary, and few pastors have ever complained or requested more.  The Lectionary likewise does little with Song of Songs or Jude, and if you follow only the Lectionary, you would be unlikely to generate a long series of sermons on Nahum or Revelation, either. And it’s…

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Psalm 19:7-14 Sermon Commentary

Proper 21B

Admittedly Psalm 19 all-but begs to get split into two parts.  That does not mean, however, that the Lectionary was correct to cave into doing just that.  Whoever wrote this poem saw unity in it even if the rest of us ever since have had to work a bit to connect the first 6 verses…

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Proverbs 31:10-31 Sermon Commentary

Proper 20B

What are we to make of this conclusion to Proverbs?  In the past some women saw it as a kind of blueprint for life and so were honored if they could be seen as fitting this profile of the “wife of noble character.”  Not surprisingly, more recent times have witnessed other reactions.  Some now more-or-less…

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Psalm 54 Sermon Commentary

Proper 20B

In TV shows and movies—often as part of a comedic scene but sometimes in a more serious vein too—we have all seen the musical and visual effect that signals someone is having a flashback of a memory or is getting ready to recount something from his or her past.  As you can see in the…

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Proverbs 1:20-33 Sermon Commentary

Proper 19B

In Plato’s dialogue Phaedrus Socrates tells an ancient Egyptian legend about a king named Thamus and a god named Theuth.  Theuth, it seems, was an inventor of great tools and new technologies.  One day he showed King Thamus a vast array of his inventions, climaxing with his most recent innovation: writing.  The inventor proudly told…

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Psalm 116:1-9 Sermon Commentary

Proper 19B

For many of us, we cannot read the opening verses of Psalm 116 without thinking of the lovely song based on it that has become popular in recent years.  What the song gets right is the lyric words of the first two verses because the psalmist swiftly moves from the grateful observation that God heard…

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Psalm 146 Sermon Commentary

Proper 18B

Psalm 146 is one of the final poems in the Hebrew Psalter and is part and parcel of the revving up we get as the whole Book crescendos in a climax of praise.  And there is no doubting that Psalm 146 is a song of tremendous praise.  But that does not mean it has no…

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Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Sermon Commentary

Proper 18B

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “The early bird catches the worm.” “A penny saved is a penny earned.” “God helps those who help themselves.” Sound familiar?  They should as these are among the better known modern-day proverbs that have a lot of currency throughout North America.  I am not familiar enough…

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Psalm 15 Sermon Commentary

Proper 17B

Well, I guess you had best count me out.  At least in terms of dwelling in God’s “sacred tent.”  Because if the list of entry requirements in Psalm 15 are accurate, rare would be the day I could check every box.  I might be able to check certain boxes on certain days and different ones…

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Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Sermon Commentary

Proper 17B

Are the people who put together the Common Lectionary winking at us this week?  The Lectionary across its three-year cycle contains exactly ONE text from the Song of Songs (or the Song of Solomon) and this is it.  But it occurs on the same Year B Sunday when the Gospel lection is from Mark 7…

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