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1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

1st Sunday after Christmas C

Two Temples. Two Boys. One boy is apparently lost.  The other boy is apparently given up by his parents. One boy is not at all lost but is at home in the Temple doing his real Father’s work.  The other boy is making his home in the Temple and slowly discovering what may well be…

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1 Samuel 1:4-20

Proper 28B

It’s curious how often the purposes of God move forward not just despite familial dysfunction but sometimes even because of it.  We’ve got a load of dysfunction coming up in the Samuel story through the shenanigans of Hophni and Phineas—and Eli’s hand-wringing inability to do a blessed thing about it all.  But we’ve got nettlesome…

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1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Proper 7B

As we continue to trace the development of the monarchy in Israel and use that history to reflect on the relationship between human leadership and divine sovereignty in our own lives, we come to this famous story of David and Goliath.  It is the second chapter in the story of David’s rise to power in…

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1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Proper 6B

This old story about God’s choice of David as the new king of Israel fairly bubbles with contemporary relevance, especially in America.  I wrote the first draft of this Sermon Commentary just a few weeks after the inauguration of the Biden/Harris team.  The words of Shakespeare’s witches of Eastwick described the national mood perfectly: “Double,…

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I Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)

Proper 5B

After our celebrations of the mighty acts of God from Advent to Pentecost, the prospect of entering Ordinary Time might seem like a bit of a downer.  But the Old Testament readings for the next couple of months plunge us right into the kind of social and political turmoil that characterizes our own time. To…

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1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)

Epiphany 2B

On this Second Sunday after Epiphany, the parallels between this Old Testament reading and the Gospel reading (John 1:43-51) are obvious and instructive.  Both are about calling, of Samuel and of the first disciples.  Both are about God revealing himself, through his spoken word and through the Word made flesh.  Both calls evoke a life…

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1 Samuel 16:1-13

Lent 4A

In our first reading for this Fourth Sunday of Lent, we are introduced to the most famous king of Israel, David son of Jesse.  It’s a favorite passage for many Bible students because of the parade of likely candidates from Jesse’s family, each of whom is rejected, and then the entrance of the least likely…

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1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Christmas 1C

You will be quickly forgiven if, upon first reading, you decide not to preach on this little snippet of Scripture.  How can you build a helpful Gospel centered sermon on this gerrymandered bit of fluff?  Why in the world would the RCL land here for this first Sunday after Christmas?  I mean, the first Sunday…

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1 Samuel 1:4-20

Proper 28B

As we inch ever closer to Advent and another new church year, the Lectionary introduces us to yet another woman who loomed large in the history of redemption.  In the contemporary climate of concern about women’s rights and the abuse of women, it is uncanny that the writers of the Lectionary should have long ago…

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1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49

Proper 7B

North American television might eat up 1 Samuel 17’s story.  It, after all, bristles with the kind of military might and imagery that networks like the CBC and Fox News make their living on.  They love to do close-ups on war’s most powerful human figures that are soldiers of one shape or another.  Even 1…

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