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Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Sermon Commentary

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I’m sure they had their reasons.  I refer to the folks who put together the readings for the Revised Common Lectionary.  I’m sure they had their reasons to leap-frog over verses 20-24 but in so doing, they created something of an irony (if not something of an exegetical faux pas). Granted, Jesus’ rant against various…

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Psalm 145:8-14 Sermon Commentary

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Psalm 145 is an exuberant, but hardly extemporaneous Psalm.  Indeed, it is a carefully crafted Psalm of praise.  The superscription explicitly identifies it as that, using a word for praise found only here in the entire Psalter.  We might call it the quintessential Psalm of Praise, for it uses all the traditional language of praise…

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Romans 7:15-23a Sermon Commentary

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Very few, if any, Christians in history have ever claimed that by virtue of being a Christian, they had become sinless.  Very few, if any, have ever gone through the “Confession and Assurance” portion of the weekly liturgy merely twiddling their thumbs in that they believed that part of the service did not apply seeing…

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Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Sermon Commentary

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Sometimes God only seems to keep part of God’s promises.  To see their complete fulfillment, we may need to squint pretty hard. Earlier in Genesis, God promised Abraham the land of Canaan, many descendants and a worldwide blessing through him.  In their old age, Abraham and Sarah saw God initially fulfill that promise through Isaac’s…

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