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John 6:51-58

Proper 15B

If you’re using the questions/objections to belief structure that I laid out last week, this week’s question from John 6 is: “How can he give us his flesh to eat?” The challenge: God offends us. When the people asked that question to each other, they were offended at the thought of even being associated with…

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John 6:35, 41-51

Proper 14B

The lectionary started us in John 6 a with the feeding of 5,000+ miracle, then Jesus began to share about his relationship with the world as the bread of life. As the bread of life, Jesus offers to spiritually nourish all who come to him for eternity; a seat at the never-ending table simply requires…

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John 6:24-35

Proper 13B

We’re in week two of our long stretch in John 6 as Jesus introduces himself as the bread of life. This week’s Scripture passage begins in an odd spot. The lectionary skips a couple of verses that talk about how some people noticed that Jesus didn’t travel with the disciples and picks up the story…

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John 6:1-21

Proper 12B

Hang on to your hats, preaching partners, because we are beginning a 5-week odyssey in John 6!  Granted this is an important chapter but 5 whole weeks of preaching sermons on variations of Jesus’ being the bread of life can be a bit taxing.  Having skipped over the Feeding of the 5,000 in last week’s…

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John 3:1-17

Trinity Sunday B

I wonder what Nicodemus was thinking about when he walked home that night. My guess is that it wasn’t the Doctrine of the Trinity!  Yet this is the Year B passage assigned for Trinity Sunday.  So what did he ponder?  No clue.  John doesn’t tell us.  That’s ironic seeing as, according to John’s reportage at…

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John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Pentecost B

Well before Jesus ever preached his first sermon, there was John the Baptist.  Long before Jesus ever uttered a parable or healed a blind person, there was John.  John had come to prepare the way for his cousin Jesus.  And when John preached about this great and coming One, he talked a lot about the…

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John 17:6-19

Easter 7B

“You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.” That is a saying of my former colleague Ron Nydam.  And he’s right.  Worse yet, we all know that you cannot insure the happiness of your children, either.  And that truth is married to another undeniable fact and that is this: the wider world in which we…

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John 15:9-17

Easter 6B

Every week the sermon proclaims the Gospel.  Or at least in some fashion it should.  Every week.  Every sermon. Yes, there is always a small-t preaching text (Psalm 23, John 15) on which the sermon is based.  That’s the text projected onto the screen or printed in the church bulletin.  But that text is always…

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John 15:1-8

Easter 5B

When I was a pastor, I felt a sense of personal hurt whenever members transferred to other congregations, particularly when such transfers had nothing to do with a job relocation or a geographic move, as is sometimes the case.  It was made worse by the fact that lots of such people never said good-bye, never…

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John 10:11-18

Easter 4B

Those of you who are familiar with art may recall a funny habit that many Medieval painters practiced for quite a long time in Europe, and particularly in Germany.  Artists such as Lukas Cranach and others painted many depictions of biblical scenes but they did so with the curious twist of dressing the biblical characters…

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