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Mark 1:29-39 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 5B

Comments and Observations: Usually we are far too casual about God’s kingdom. “Your kingdom come, your will be done” we say each time we intone the Lord’s Prayer, but when we finish our prayer and open our eyes, we do not see any such kingdom. It is difficult for us to conceive of a kingdom…

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Mark 9:2-9 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany 6B

Comments and Observations: “This is my Son, whom I love.  Look at him.   Isn’t this display something!   I mean, just get a load of this light show!” That’s what I’d expect God the Father to say. But he doesn’t. At the Super Bowl recently singer Katy Perry led the now typical halftime spectacular, pulling out…

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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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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 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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