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Pentecost B Sermon Commentary

 

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John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 Sermon Commentary

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Comments and Observations: Well before Jesus ever preached his first sermon, there was John the Baptist.  Long before Jesus ever uttered a parable or healed a blind person, there was John. John had come to prepare the way for his cousin Jesus. And when John preached about this great and coming One, he talked a…

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Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Sermon Commentary

Pentecost B

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Psalm 104 is a lovely, lyrical hymn of praise to God the Creator and Sustainer. It offers what William P. Brown calls “a grand tour of God’s creation and maintenance of the cosmos.” It glides from verses 2b-9’s description of God’s first acts of creation to verses’ 10-30’s description…

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Romans 8:22-27 Sermon Commentary

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Comments and Observations How should we celebrate Pentecost?  What should our mood be, given the very different emphases of the four lectionary readings for Pentecost, 2015?  As I pondered that, I recalled some wry comments made by Orthodox theologian Frederica Mathewes Green on the very different ways we celebrate Christmas and Easter.  “It’s that time…

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Acts 2:1-21 Sermon Commentary

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Note: The Common Lectionary during Eastertide substitutes readings from Acts for Old Testament lections. Comments and Observations.  Like a lot of us, I have seen my share of people at wedding receptions, at restaurants, and at beaches who have had too much to drink.  My son and I ate at a Chicago steakhouse a couple…

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