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Advent 4B Sermon Commentary

 

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Luke 1:26-38 Sermon Commentary

Advent 4B

Comments and Observations: Biblical scholars call passages like Luke 1 “type scenes.”  A modern kind of “type scene” might be something like this: one evening while channel-surfing, you run across a movie already in progress.  It’s obviously a Western with two cowboys standing about thirty yards apart in the middle of a dusty street. Each…

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Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Sermon Commentary

Advent 4B

Notes and Observations Most scholars recognize that Psalm 89 is a psalm of lament.  Yet the poet devotes most of it to praising God for God’s faithfulness and celebrating God’s covenant with David and his descendants.  Even the segment toward which the lectionary directs our attention this week seems reluctant to highlight the lament aspect…

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Romans 16:25-27 Sermon Commentary

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Comments, Observations, and Questions We’re almost there.  The journey is almost ended.  Joseph and Mary are nearing Bethlehem; the manger is in view for us now.  The long period of waiting is nearly over, so in this lectionary reading from the epistles we turn from eschatology to doxology.  As the angels will soon fill the…

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2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Sermon Commentary

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Comments and Observations What’s the deal with Nathan in II Samuel 7?  When King David came to the prophet to suggest that he was feeling guilty for not having built God as nice a house as the palace he had just built for himself—and that therefore he was minded to rectify the situation by getting…

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