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Lent 2B Sermon Commentary

 

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Mark 8:31-38 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Comments and Observations: Life has its ups and downs but rarely are they packed so closely together as in Mark 8.   Only a few verses earlier Peter had answered one of history’s most powerful questions and he had answered it correctly.  Mark’s spare style means that we don’t hear what the other gospels tell us…

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Psalm 22:23-31 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Notes and Observations Christians who read this psalm, particularly during the season of Lent, can hardly do so without hearing Jesus’ groan as he dangles between heaven and earth on the cross.  After all, both Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46 quote him as praying verse 1’s, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”…

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Romans 4:13-25 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Comments and Observations Did the apostle Paul distort the teachings of Jesus?  That’s the claim of some higher critics of the New Testament.  Jesus taught a simple but stringent Jewish Gospel, while Paul complicated it with categories taken from Hellenistic thought that dramatically changed Jesus’ message.  Paul, say the most radical critics, invented Christianity. A…

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Comments and Observations At first blush, Genesis 17 may not seem like a real likely Lenten text.  But stay tuned in this sermon commentary and eventually we’ll come around to seeing how this text fits in with Lent after all and with also the Mark 8 passage assigned for this Second Sunday in Lent of…

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