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Colossians 1:15-28

Proper 11C

“Sedition” and “seditious” are concepts to which at least some Americans have paid a lot of attention over the past eighteen months. Some are asking themselves and each other whether a mob’s January 6, 2021’s storming of the United States Capital building was an act of sedition. At least some Americans who wonder that also…

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Colossians 1:1-14

Proper 10C

Elements of this week’s Epistolary Lesson are faintly reminiscent of Huck Finn’s experience with prayer. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck recounts how his foster mother, Miss Watson, tried to teach him to pray. “Miss Watson … took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray…

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Colossians 1:11-20

Proper 29C

What a weird place to start our lectionary selection for Reign of Christ Sunday and the close of Ordinary Time. We get the last few verses of Paul’s thanksgiving prayer section, then all of the Christ hymn, but not the verses that describe the community’s reconciliation. If it’s “application” that we’re after, wouldn’t verses 21-23…

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Colossians 1:15-28

Proper 11C

If the first four verses of this Sunday’s RCL’s Epistolary Lesson don’t make its preachers and teachers’ heads spin at least a bit, we’re probably not paying enough attention to them.  In verse 15, after all, Paul insists, probably no more than 20 years after Jesus ascended into the heavenly realm, he’s “the image of…

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Colossians 1:1-14

Proper 10C

When my family and I first moved to the Washington D.C. area to serve the church I pastor, a wise colleague told me to read a lot of books.  He said members of area churches like it when their pastors quote books.  “They’re smart people who like to learn things,” my colleague told me. The…

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Colossians 1:11-20

Proper 29C

Let no preacher be blasé about these verses from Colossians 1.  Let no one miss the punch, the power, the sheer wonder of what Paul says here.  Those who have long known the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith could, I suppose, skate over top of these verses altogether too lightly and swiftly without noticing…

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Colossians 1:15-28

Proper 11C

“To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” That is the final verse of Colossians 1 and it pretty much says it all. “Strenuously contend” is what the latter half of this opening chapter conveys, and then some! From Colossians 1:15 through Colossians 1:23, Paul writes exactly…

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Colossians 1:1-14

Proper 10C

Paul is just getting warmed up. He is about to launch into one of the single most exuberant sections in any of his letters (this will be next week’s Lectionary text) and go on a verbal tear of breathtaking proportions. But first things first: he needs to greet, give thanks for, and give encouragement to…

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The Cosmic Redeemer

Preached at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church on April 29, 2007. Used with permission of Eastern Ave.

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