Commentary posted on March 23, 2020

Lent 5A Sermon Commentary

The Lent 5A Sermon Starters include commentary and illustration ideas for John 11:1-45 from the Lectionary Gospel; Exodus 37:1-14 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 130 from the Lectionary Psalms; and Romans 8:6-11 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Lectionary Epistle: Belgic Confession Article 14

 

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John 11:1-45 Sermon Commentary

Lent 5A

Sample Sermon: “Just about Everywhere” : In one of her short stories the writer Annie Dillard has a scene in which a family is sadly gathered at a grave to commit a loved one’s body to the earth. At one point the minister intones the familiar words from I Corinthians 15, “Where, O Death, is…

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Psalm 130 Sermon Commentary

Lent 5A

This poem is labeled a “Psalm of Ascent” but it starts as a Psalm of Descent.  It is called De Profundis in older Bibles—the Latin for “from the depths.”  And that just might make this an appropriate preaching passage for the Fifth Sunday in Lent in the COVID-19 pandemic when many of us will not…

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Romans 8:6-11 Sermon Commentary

Lent 5A

Romans 8: is there a better loved, more soaring passage in the New Testament than this one?   There is much here to linger over, savor, celebrate.  The Lectionary carves out only six verses but the truth is, Romans 8:1-17 form such a logical—and also lyric—unit that I would suggest reading all 17 verses, and indeed,…

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Ezekiel 37:1-14 Sermon Commentary

Lent 5A

At first glance, this famous vision of the valley of dry bones seems more like an Easter text than a Lenten text.  I mean, if the text left us with a valley full of dry bones, it might fit the somber mood of the last week of Lent.  But it doesn’t, because the bleached-out bones…

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