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Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday C

The poet of Psalm 8 stared into the night sky and was properly dazzled at what he saw. But to put it mildly, what he did not see was a lot! Had this psalmist been able to spend a scant ten minutes looking through a telescope, he would doubtless have fainted in wonderment. Ancient astronomers…

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Psalm 8

Proper 22B

Comments, Observations, and Questions The Lectionary usually reserves Psalm 8 for Trinity Sunday as it is assigned for that day in both Year A and Year C of the RCL. Oddly, it is not a cinch to see how Psalm 8 fits a Trinitarian theme but since in Year B we are getting this psalm…

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Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday A

Matthew 28, 2 Corinthians 13, and Genesis 1 are the other Trinity Sunday readings in the Year A Lectionary, and they each make a certain amount of Trinitarian sense.  The first two passages explicitly mention Father (God), Son, and Holy Spirit.  Genesis 1 is a bit more difficult but you can make it work.  Although…

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Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday C

The poet of Psalm 8 stared into the night sky and was properly dazzled at what he saw.  But to put it mildly, what he did not see was a lot!  Had this psalmist been able to spend a scant ten minutes looking through a telescope, he would doubtless have fainted in wonderment.  Ancient astronomers…

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Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday A

On this Trinity Sunday, the other three Lectionary readings can legitimately be used for sermons on that great Mystery.  Both Matthew 28 and II Corinthians 13 explicitly mention Father (God), Son, and Holy Spirit.  Genesis 1 is a bit more difficult.  Although many scholars express reservations about such exegetical movements, an enterprising preacher can work…

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Psalm 8

1st Sunday after Christmas A

I was meditating on the words of verse 4, “what is man that you are mindful of him,” when I saw her picture—a lovely blond, her eyes closed in obvious contentment, a blissful smile on her lips, the perfect picture of serenity.  She was on the cover of Time magazine with this headline next to…

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Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday C

Throughout the Christian church this is the Sunday to celebrate the Trinity. Our other readings for today are richly Trinitarian (John 16:12-15 and Romans 5:1-5) or at least suggestive of the Trinity (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31). Psalm 8? Not so much. In Year A of the lectionary cycle Psalm 8 is paired with Matthew 28, and…

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Symposium 2012: Psalm 8

Preached at the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 26, 2012

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Symposium 2005: Insignificant and Significant

Preached at the January, 2005 Calvin Symposium on Worship. Used with permission.

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You Gotta Be Important to Somebody

Preached on July 22, 2007 at Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Used with permission of the author.

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