Commentary posted on November 4, 2019

Proper 27C Sermon Commentary

The Proper 27C Sermon Starters include commentary and illustration ideas for Luke 20:27-38 from the Lectionary Gospel; Haggai 1:5b-2:9 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 17:1-9 from the Lectionary Psalms; and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Lectionary Psalm: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 117 (Lord’s Day 45)

 

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Luke 20:27-38 Sermon Commentary

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“And no one dared to ask him any more questions.” That must have come as a great relief to Jesus in that he had lately been pummeled with one tricky query after the next.  Technically that line in verse 40 falls just outside the lection prescribed here, which ends in verse 38 (why it ends…

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Psalm 17:1-9 Sermon Commentary

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Those of you who read the Psalm sermon commentaries here on CEP know that I frequently observe that different psalms fit different seasons of life.  And so we always have to nuance upbeat songs of praise with the downbeat psalms of lament such that no one in the church gets the impression that true believers…

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Sermon Commentary

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Both First and Second Thessalonians spend a lot of their ink on the second coming of Christ, the Parousia. In the verses for today, Paul takes on some fake news spreading about Christ’s return head on. The first five verses of chapter two, in a nutshell, are meant to bring comfort to the church. To…

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Haggai 1:5b-2:9 Sermon Commentary

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For me, one of the greatest proofs of the Bible’s divine inspiration is it’s applicability to life in every era of history.  The prophecy given in Haggai was written in the last period of Old Testament prophetic activity, after Israel’s return from Exile, in the year 520 BC.  And yet its narrow focus on a…

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