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Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Sermon Commentary

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In between Jesus’ telling of this famous parable and his own point-by-point explanation of the parable’s meaning and symbolism there comes an eight-verse section that the Lectionary would have us skip but that contains some of the most intriguing material in this part of Matthew 13.  Mainly what Jesus says there is that the seemingly…

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Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-13 Sermon Commentary

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In my last church, we used Psalm 65:9-13 as the Old Testament reading for every Thanksgiving Day worship service.  Its description of harvest bounty fit the time of year so well, and its ascription of praise to God for that bounty fit the theme of our national Day of Thanksgiving.  But this harvest Psalm is…

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Romans 8: 1-11 Sermon Commentary

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When a passage is as landmark a one as Romans 8, it is no surprise to see it pop up in the Revised Common Lectionary more than once.  About half of this Ordinary Time lection was covered during Lent not long ago.  In that sermon reflection I focused on what it means to live “in…

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Genesis 25:19-34 Sermon Commentary

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Sometimes it’s precisely when we assume nothing can go wrong that things, in fact, do go quite wrong.  Thankfully, then, God is graciously present in and to such things, always providentially bending them toward God’s good and loving purposes. It certainly seems like nothing can go wrong as the Old Testament text the Lectionary appoints…

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