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Soar We Now

Preached 4/10/2006  

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Salvation’s Hospitality

Preached 3/27/2006  

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Where the Spirit Leads

The sermon is introduced by Rev. Scott Hoezee, describing his approach to the passage.

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Troubled?

Preached 5/22/2006  

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Mark 1:4-11

Epiphany 1B

Comments and Observations: Fans of Peter Jackson’s films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy will recall the opening sequence in the final film, The Return of the King (all this years before Jackson’s—in my humble opinion—disastrous return to Tolkien in his Hobbit trilogy!).  As the movie opens, we are taken back hundreds of years…

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Acts 19:1-7

Epiphany 1B

Although this reading from Acts 19 may initially seem an odd selection for the church’s celebration of the Baptism of Jesus, it is actually very fitting.  For one thing, it is a sequel to the Gospel reading for today, the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist as told in Mark 1.  Here in our…

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Ephesians 1:3-14

Christmas 2B

Comments, Observations, and Questions Almost exactly a year ago (on the first Sunday after Christmas) the lectionary reading for the epistles was this same lesson. At that time, I wrote a long piece on this Center for Excellence in Preaching website in which I focused on a couple of the “spiritual blessings” listed by Paul….

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John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Christmas 2B

Comments, Observations, and Questions The Lectionary may get the last laugh here, and savvy preachers can curl up the corners of their mouths to join the mirth. Because here it is the first Sunday of a new year and really the first Sunday in the 2014-2015 holiday season after Christmas is officially finished. For weeks…

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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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Luke 2:22-40

Christmas 1B

Comments, Observations, and Questions It’s amazing how much detail Luke gives us.  If Luke were a movie, it would have been directed by Cecil B. DeMille with a cast of thousands and long, lingering scenes on most every situation imaginable.  The Gospel of Mark by comparison is like a PowerPoint presentation where the presenter goes…

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