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Lent 3B Sermon Commentary

 

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John 2:13-22 Sermon Commentary

Lent 3B

Comments, Observations, and Questions We are impressed very often by all the wrong things.  In John 2 everyone was impressed with the physical Temple.  It had been undergoing construction for over four decades already and was not even finished.  It reminds me of the Ken Follett novel The Pillars of the Earth that narrates the…

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Psalm 19 Sermon Commentary

Lent 3B

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider C.S. Lewis once called Psalm 19 “the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”  So it’s no wonder lyricists have set a number of beautiful interpretations of it, including “The Heavens Declare Your Glory” and “God’s Glory Fills the Heavens,” to music…

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Sermon Commentary

Lent 3B

Comments, Observations, and Questions This is a great text for this third Sunday of Lent because it focuses our attention not on Lenten disciplines (important and helpful though they may be), but on the cross of Christ.  That’s what Lent is all about.  Indeed, the cross of Christ is what Christianity is all about.  That’s…

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Exodus 20:1-17 Sermon Commentary

Lent 3B

Growing up I heard the “Reading of the Law” every single Sunday morning in church.  In our Calvinist stripe of the Reformed tradition, this recitation of the Ten Commandments served the dual purpose of at once convicting us of our sin but also of laying out the rule of gratitude for how we should live…

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