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1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Proper 7C

Sample sermon: When I go to different parts of the U.S. or Canada to speak or to preach, I often travel alone.  When I do, I sometimes enjoy going out to eat by myself at a restaurant.  It can be very interesting just to watch people and observe what is going on in ways you…

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I Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43

Proper 16B

The last few verses of this lection strike me as much as anything. So much of the Old Testament is all-Israel all-the-time. There is warfare and defeat of other nations, dark warnings about inter-marriage with Canaanites, the threat of foreign religious practices wheedling their way into the faith of Israel. It’s easy at times to…

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1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

Proper 15B

My wife tells me I think too much about The Godfather, and if you have been paying weekly attention to these sermon commentaries of late, then you know this is indeed the second time in as many weeks that I have mentioned Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark 1974 film.  But really, even more than last week’s…

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Four Pages: The Journey Is Too Much

When I go to different parts of the U.S. or Canada to speak or to preach, I often travel alone.  When I do, I sometimes enjoy going out to eat by myself at a restaurant.  It can be very interesting just to watch people and observe what is going on in ways you would not…

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1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Proper 7C

This is one of the great short stories in the Bible, indeed, in all of literature.  It has all the elements of a riveting story—a twisting plot, clever symbolism, stylistic devices, unexpected irony, deep pathos, raw humanity, stunning theophanies, and an ending that we don’t see coming.  But best of all, it speaks a message…

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1 Kings 8: (1-6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43

Proper 16B

This is one of the great pivotal chapters in the Bible.  It recalls an event that was to Israel much like the Fourth of July is to Americans.  It marks the end of a long struggle for freedom and security.  At last Israel had complete ownership of the Promised Land and there is peace, both…

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1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

Proper 15B

In preaching on this story or any part of the narrative literature of the Old Testament, it is absolutely crucial to remember what we are dealing with here.  This is not modern historiography, in which economic, political, or military factors play the major role in explaining the course of human events, although, of course, plenty…

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I Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Proper 7C

Discouragement can be a devastating feeling. A national news magazine once labeled it “the social disease of the 1980s in America.” One biblical commentator suggests “listlessness, despair and resignation are crippling people across the nation in a wave of chronic cynicism.” As evidence, he points to the surging tide of teen suicides and an exploding…

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1 Kings 21: 1-10, (11-14), 15-21a

Proper 6C

In the hymn This Is My Father’s World we profess, “Though the wrong is great and strong, God is the ruler yet.” Yet the “wrong” often seems almost too strong. It often has so many willing allies. All too many powerful people and institutions seem so eager to use their power for “wrong” purposes. Set…

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1 Kings 17:8-24

Proper 5C

We live a world that death and violence seem to have in their iron-like stranglehold. All too often they appear to have both the dominant and final word in our world. In the midst of this culture of violence and death, however, God is in the business of constantly giving life. Death stubbornly looms over…

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