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Matthew 10:24-39 Sermon Commentary

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John Donne was a seventeenth century author, poet, and preacher. In his poems and sermons Donne penned a bevy of striking lines. “Death, be not proud . . . Death, thou shalt die!” “Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Strikingly…

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Psalm 69:7-18 Sermon Commentary

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Psalm 69 is the cry of a person in extremis.  He uses the conventional language of drowning to describe his distress.  The Jews were a non-nautical people, so the thought of falling into deep water where there is no firm bottom provoked the deepest terror.  We can almost see the Psalmist flailing about as he…

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Romans 6:1b-11 Sermon Commentary

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Be who you are. That is Paul’s most basic message in Romans 6.  Paul tells us who we are and so reminds us how we are to live from now on as a result of our true identity. Romans 6 is a landmark passage. Scholars can write (and have written) whole books on any one…

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Genesis 21:8-21 Sermon Commentary

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If only the narrator of the Old Testament text that the Lectionary appoints for this Sunday had just quit at verse 8.  After Isaac is weaned, Abraham throws a big soiree.  Period.  It would have made for a happy ending that would send everyone home happy.  But that’s not the way Genesis 21 ends.  Pain…

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