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Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Proper 8C

Most of Galatians can be summed up through a subtle reversal of a traditional saying: “Don’t just do something, stand there!” Paul has whacked and whacked away at the false teaching that infiltrated Galatia—the teaching that we can and must add something to the cross of Christ for salvation to be truly effective. Get circumcised,…

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Galatians 3:23-29

Proper 7C

Once Paul turned the corner on what he thought about God’s Law, he turned hard and never looked back. Indeed, Paul devotes some considerable space to this topic in his various New Testament epistles, coming up with ever-more creative ways by which to reframe the role and purpose of God’s Law. The end of Galatians…

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Galatians 2:15-21

Proper 6C

“I have been crucified with Christ so that it is no longer I who live but Christ in me.” What a soaring declaration. It’s one of the most famous lines in the New Testament. In fact, it’s so well known that it’s one of those verses that became context-less somewhere along the line. It’s a…

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Galatians 1:11-24

Proper 5C

It’s not easy to preach on a text that in some ways resembles a person’s resume. Most of the verses in this Year C Lectionary reading are taken up with a brief autobiographical sketch of what happened to Paul and where he traveled in the period after Jesus confronted him on the Damascus Road. Let’s…

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Galatians 1:1-12

Proper 4C

Good thing the Galatian Christians did not have access to Paul’s other letters. Because if they could read something like what we now call Philippians or Ephesians or almost any of the other dozen letters from Paul we have in the New Testament, surely they would be tempted to sing that song from Sesame Street:…

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Galatians 2:1-14

To be differentiated as an individual is to be defined and connected at the same time.  The principle of self-differentiation comes to us from the family systems theory.  Aside from Christ, no human being is completely differentiated.  We all, the apostle Paul included, could be plotted somewhere on the scale of differentiation of self.  Sometimes…

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Galatians 3:1-14

In the letter to the Galatian church, Paul pleads for the believers there to cling to the faith that unites them and reject what others have argued as being the most important component to knowing who one is: keeping the law, especially the parts of the law that easily identified the community of God (i.e….

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Galatians 5:1-15

Comments and Observations: Unity is often confused with uniformity.  When every individual within a group has the same opinion, practices the same habits, and has the same preferences; unity seems to be natural.  What happens, however, when individuals come from different racial, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds? We can be tempted to believe that unity…

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Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Sermon


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Galatians 4:4-7

Christmas 1B

Comments, Observations, and Questions While it is true that there are no birth narratives outside the synoptic Gospels, it is not true that the rest of the New Testament pays no attention to the miracle of the Incarnation.  In fact, right here in one of (if not the) earliest epistles, Paul offers as profound a…

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