Preaching Connection: Fruit Of The Spirit

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Movies for Preaching

The Force Awakens (2015) & The Return of the Jedi (1980)

The Force Awakens (2015).  Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt.  Directed by J. J. Abrams.  Starring Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver.  136 mins.  Rated PG-13. The Return of the Jedi (1980).  Written by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas.  Directed by Richard Marquand.  Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,…


Reading for Preaching

The Fruit of the Spirit

“Fruits have to do with character, gifts with service. The fruits are a description of what a Christian is meant to be; the gifts are indications of what a Christian is meant to do.” Further (48), fruits are for all, gifts are for some. And it is quite possible (Samson, Solomon) to have gifts, but...

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1 Timothy 1:12-17

21st century culture is not, by and large, a patient one. It easily becomes impatient with the slowness of its electronic devices. Its citizens avoid friends who take too long to warm up, and politicians who take too long to enact legislation. It’s not just the 21st century’s oatmeal that we want to be “instant.”…


Easter 5B: Fruitfulness or Productivity

Jesus says, “Remain in me as I remain in you.” To my mind, that’s one of the lousiest translations I can think of. It completely ignores the personal and spiritual dimensions of what Jesus is talking about here. In Greek, the word is menein. It’s one of the most important words in this whole gospel,…


Galatians 5:1,13-25

It comes up repeatedly in our conversations with our Jewish friends and acquaintances. “How can you live without God’s law to guide your life?” The observant Jews we know and love can’t imagine living without the structure Torah gives them. “Doesn’t it lead to some kind of anarchy?” is one form of the questions they…


Luke 18:9-14

“I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves ME!” “How vast the benefits divine which WE in Christ possess!” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is MINE!” We sing such sentiments in church all the time.  So before we get all squinty-eyed in regarding the Pharisee in Luke 18 as the quintessential spiritual…