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Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Lent 1C

This passage is at once lyric and heartbreaking.  It’s lyric for all the reasons I will detail below in terms of how handily these verses get at some very core spiritual truths regarding our lives within God’s creation.  It’s heartbreaking because you sense that things never quite worked out this way once the people of…

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Deuteromony 18:15-20

Epiphany 4B

A couple of weeks before the Presidential election in the US, Pat Robertson gave another of his fantastic prophecies: President Trump would win the election, widespread civil discontent would follow, and five years later a huge asteroid would hit the world.  Robertson has been giving spectacular prophecies for years now.  He has predicted the exact…

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Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Proper 25A

How fitting it is that the life of Moses should end as it does!  The man who spent all those days up on Mt. Sinai speaking to God face to face comes to the end of his days on Mt. Nebo speaking face to face with God.  And the God who miraculously saved Moses at…

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Epiphany 6A

This is one hard text to preach.  On the one hand, it seems so simple that it doesn’t even need a sermon.  I mean, what more can we say about a text that is this straightforward.  On the other hand, its simple straightforward message is so demanding and absolute that it will be unpalatable for…

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Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Lent 1C

Like all good preachers, Moses knew how important it is to end your sermon with a story.  After multiple chapters of “do this and don’t do that,” Moses is coming to the climactic end of his sermon to Israel.  They are at the last stop in their wilderness wandering, standing at the brink of the…

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Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Epiphany 4B

Those who take a deep enough whiff of Deuteronomy 18 may detect at least a hint of death clinging to it.  In fact, we might even say that the scent of death both lingers within and bookends the Old Testament lesson the Lectionary appoints for this Sunday. The lesson begins innocently enough, though (again!) right…

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Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Proper 25A

Few of us can read Deuteronomy 34 without getting at least a lump in our throat and tear in our eye.  After all, Moses has dragged the Israelites, often kicking and screaming, out of Egypt, through the wilderness and to the doorstep of Canaan.  Yet this Sunday’s Old Testament text reports that he never gets…

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Epiphany 6A

I’m not sure God cares much whether we choose, for example, to eat oatmeal or fresh fruit for breakfast.  However, God does very deeply care, in some cases even more than we naturally do, about some of our choices. This might provide Deuteronomy 30’s preachers and teachers an opportunity to explore with worshipers and students…

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Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Lent 1C

Giving to the church is a notoriously difficult subject for preachers, deacons and other church leaders. It raises very hard questions. How is giving money or even time or talent to the church actually giving to God? Are there other ways to give to God besides giving to the local church? How much should people…

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Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Common Misperceptions: It is far too common for us to have images of God that don’t match the way He is described in the Bible.  One of those misperceptions is picturing God as a sadistic overlord who watches diligently to make sure no one is violating His commandments.  We might be prone to believe that…

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