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Psalm 47 Sermon Commentary

Ascension Day A

Sample Sermons Note: In place of the usual Old Testament sermon starter ideas for this week I am posting an Ascension Day sermon I preached some years ago in hopes it may be helpful to anyone doing an Ascension Day focus on June 5 or for Ascension Day proper on June 2, 2011. Ascension Day…

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Matthew 6:24-34 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 8A / Proper 3A

Comments and Observations Unexpected twists arrest our attention. How often haven’t we seen a movie advertised as worth seeing because, according to the promotional ad, “You won’t believe how it ends!” or “The conclusion will leave you breathless!” Some years ago the popular movie The Sixth Sense shocked viewers around the world with an ending…

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Jeremiah 31:7-14 Sermon Commentary

Christmas 2A

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider You can’t accuse the Old Testament prophets of not being specific enough when it came to describing the blessings of God’s salvation!  Sometimes believers today content themselves with generic or generalized descriptions of felicity in “heaven,” sometimes not advancing in their views of the New Creation much beyond the…

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Isaiah 49:8-16 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 8A / Proper 3A

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Isaiah talked to people who wondered if anything was stable in the world. Like any number of people in our world at any given moment, so the Israelites of Isaiah’s day found themselves going through hard times in a world where the unexpected had become normal. Their country had…

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John 1:(1-9), 10-18 Sermon Commentary

Christmas 2A

Comments and Observations The Lectionary may get the last laugh here, and savvy preachers can curl up the corners of their mouths to join the mirth.  Because here it is the first Sunday of a new year.  For weeks now, starting well before American Thanksgiving even, it’s been all Jesus, all the time.  The Muzak…

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Sermon Commentary

Advent 3B

Who doesn’t want to preach on a passage as chockfull of lyric imagery as is Isaiah 61!?  These words are so redolent of new hope and new beginnings and fresh joy that just reading this chapter aloud delivers more gospel freight than even some whole sermons that are four times as long. Of course, many…

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John 1:6-8, 19-28 Sermon Commentary

Advent 3B

Comments, Observations, and Questions Among you stands one you do not know.” Those were John the Baptist’s words as recorded in John 1:26.  Of course, at that time it was literally true that a quiet carpenter’s son from the backwaters of the Roman Empire was rubbing shoulders with lots of people—including the crowds that jostled…

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Mark 1:1-8 Sermon Commentary

Advent 2B

Comments and Observations Imagine yourself a Kindergarten teacher who gathers a group of wide-eyed five-and six-year-olds onto the square of carpeting in the classroom that is reserved for “Story Time.”  You smile into their innocent faces and begin your story. “Once upon a time a little girl named Goldilocks was fast asleep in a lovely…

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Isaiah 40:1-11 Sermon Commentary

Advent 2B

Today “comfort” conjures up a cloud of images ranging from La-Z-Boy recliners to Royal Caribbean cruises.  “Comfort food” is all about the personal satisfaction that can come from mashed potatoes and meatloaf.  “Creature comforts” are all about having the nicest stuff even as the words “luxury and comfort” get yoked to describe things like the…

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Mark 13:24-37 Sermon Commentary

Advent 1B

Comments and Observations: Long about the time most people are switching all of their Christmas lights on to celebrate the holiday in 2014, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Advent brings us straight to a text that points forward to a great and coming day when all the lights will go . ….

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