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Psalm 25:1-10

Advent 1C

When I read Psalm 25, I find myself drawn to its utter realism. If you enter into the rhythms and patterns of these verses, what you will find is probably something akin to your own life. If you are like most people, including most Christian people, then the pattern of your piety is probably something…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Lent 1B

Samuel Johnson is reported to have once said something to the effect that we need more often to be reminded than instructed.  And perhaps the RCL thinks so too since Psalm 25 was assigned a few months ago near the end of September.  Probably what I wrote then—most of which is the content of this…

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Psalm 25:1-9

Proper 21A

Samuel Johnson is reported to having once said something to the effect that we need more often to be reminded than instructed.  Intuitively probably most of us have a pretty solid sense of what he meant.  It’s not that I don’t know the basics of knife safety when I am slicing and dicing vegetables in…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Proper 10C

In his book years ago The Closing of the American Mind Allan Bloom lamented the decline of true education in this nation’s colleges and universities.  Bloom decried the way many professors had dispensed with the traditional canons of literature in favor of whatever was trendy and vogue.  He mourned the fact that critical thinking and…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Advent 1C

When I read Psalm 25, I find myself drawn to its utter realism.  If you enter into the rhythms and patterns of these verses, what you will find is probably something akin to your own life.  If you are like most people, including most Christian people, then the pattern of your piety is probably something…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Lent 1B

Psalm 25 is widely considered to be an ugly duckling among the Psalms.  At first (and second and third) reading, it seems to lack cohesion and logical progression.  But like the proverbial ugly duckling, there’s something beautiful here waiting to be discovered.  It begins when one reads the Hebrew text and discovers that we have…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Proper 10C

On first reading (and, I confess, second and third as well), I could not imagine preaching on Psalm 25. I mean, it jumps all over the place and has no easily discernible preaching theme. In one place it seems that David has a guilt complex, in another a persecution complex, and in still others an…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Advent 1C

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider How in the world can we preach or teach a Psalm on a Sunday when most of our listeners are already thinking about and mostly interested in getting ready for Christmas?  If they’re thinking about anything Scriptural, many Christians are thinking about Matthew and Luke’s accounts of Jesus’ conception…

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Psalm 25:1-10

Lent 1B

Notes and Observations The Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann has suggested one helpful approach to preaching and teaching the psalms is to ask what an “anti-psalm” might look like.  What, in other words, might be the opposite tone of that expressed by a particular psalm, whether it expresses trust, praise, complaint or something else? So…

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