Commentary posted on October 21, 2019

Proper 25C Sermon Commentary

The Proper 25C Sermon Starters include commentary and illustration ideas for Luke 18:9-14 from the Lectionary Gospel; Joel 2:28-32 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 84:1-7 from the Lectionary Psalms; and 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Lectionary Epistle: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 63 (Lord’s Day 24)

 

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Luke 18:9-14 Sermon Commentary

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“I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves ME!” “How vast the benefits divine which WE in Christ possess!” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is MINE!” We sing such sentiments in church all the time.  So before we get all squinty-eyed in regarding the Pharisee in Luke 18 as the quintessential spiritual…

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Psalm 84:1-7 Sermon Commentary

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In the Calvin Seminary Chapel above and behind the pulpit area is a large clear-glass window with a cross in the center.  A few years ago during a May Term preaching class in the chapel, we all noticed that a large Horned Owl had made a nest in the uppermost window pane near the top…

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2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Sermon Commentary

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So here we are at the most intimate, and soul laid bare, part of Paul’s letters to Timothy. In these sermon commentaries, we’ve hinted all along about what Paul reveals in these verses—that he’s at the end of his earthly life, abandoned by fellow ministry partners, waiting on his imminent death. The lectionary selection leaves…

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Joel 2:28-32 Sermon Commentary

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As we near the end of Ordinary Time, the Lectionary begins to point toward Advent with prophecies that are more distinctly Messianic.  After 9 hard weeks in Jeremiah which was addressed to a nation on the brink of Exile, we turn to the Minor Prophets, beginning with the one about bugs. Joel rose out of…

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