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Psalm 15

Proper 11C

By my count nearly one-third of the 150 Psalms—44 out of 150—never appear across the three-year Cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary.  But there are some that come up with frequency, and Psalm 15 is one such poem from the Psalter as it occurs once in each of the Lectionary Years A, B, & C….

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Psalm 15

Proper 17B

Well, I guess you had best count me out.  At least in terms of dwelling in God’s “sacred tent.”  Because if the list of entry requirements in Psalm 15 are accurate, rare would be the day I could check every box.  I might be able to check certain boxes on certain days and different ones…

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Psalm 15

Epiphany 4A

In the Gospel sermon commentary for this Year A Sunday we wondered what a person would be like if you could combine all of the traits of Jesus’s Beatitudes into one individual.  What would Mr. or Miss Beatitude look like?  Now in Psalm 15 we see something similar: what would a person be like if…

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Psalm 15

Proper 11C

Perhaps you have seen variations on this but people sometimes joke about the over-the-top list of qualifications you can sometimes see in church advertisements for a new pastor.  “We are seeking a pastor with deep biblical knowledge, superb communications skills, a well-tuned pastoral heart, an ability to relate well to the youth and someone who…

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Psalm 15

Epiphany 4A

Psalm 15 opens with a question that will trouble a lot of people in many congregations.  It’s a question put to God.  Now, questioning God is not a problem for most Christians these days.  In fact, it’s much in vogue.  Folks like David Dark speak eloquently about the necessity of asking questions if our faith…

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Psalm 15

Proper 11C

Psalm 15 opens with a question that will trouble a lot of people in many congregations. It’s a question put to God. Now, questioning God is not a problem for most Christians these days. In fact, it’s much in vogue. Folks like David Dark speak eloquently about the necessity of asking questions if our faith…

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Psalm 15

Proper 17B

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Psalm 15 reflects on the intimate relationship between ethics and worship.  In one sense it’s a wisdom psalm that explores how to live wisely, how to order one’s life according God’s will and purposes. However, some scholars suggest that Psalm 15 was also an “entrance liturgy” that Israel’s priests…

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