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Epiphany C Sermon Commentary

 

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Matthew 2:1-12 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany C

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Strange, isn’t it?   For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club.   Too often it all comes down to who’s in, who’s out.  In history popes…

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Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Sermon Commentary

Epiphany C

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider One possible exercise for those who preach and teach the psalms is to ask what an “anti” Psalm 72 might look like.  Psalm 72 is the poet’s prayer for an (unidentified) king.  So like what might its opposite prayer look?  For what sorts of things do we naturally ask…

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Ephesians 3:1-12 Sermon Commentary

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Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider As many churches will do this Epiphany Sunday, my last church often celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord with a careful study of the story of the Magi in Matthew 2.  Guided by that singular star in the western sky, those 3 wise men from the East represented the…

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Isaiah 60:1-6 Sermon Commentary

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Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Oh how we love Isaiah 60 these days!   But I wonder if the full sweep of these half-dozen verses really sounded that great to the folks way back when who first heard this.  Israel had lately been held captive by foreign types.   Their land and Temple had been sacked.  …

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