Commentary posted on October 7, 2019

Proper 23C Sermon Commentary

The Proper 23C Sermon Starters include commentary and illustration ideas for Luke 17:11-19 from the Lectionary Gospel; Jeremiah 29:1,4-7from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 111 from the Lectionary Psalms; and 2 Timothy 2:8-15 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Lectionary Epistle: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 2 (Lord’s Day 1)

 

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Luke 17:11-19 Sermon Commentary

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As a college German major, I’ve known for a while of a curiosity in that language.  In German if you thank someone by saying “Danke,” the person whom you are thanking is likely to respond with “Bitte,” which is the German equivalent of “You’re welcome.”  Except that “bitte” is also the word for “please” and…

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Psalm 111 Sermon Commentary

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In a recent sermon starter on another psalm, I observed that although the poetry of the Psalms and the wisdom literature of Proverbs or Ecclesiastes are distinct in terms of biblical literary genre, there is a lot of crossover between the Books of Psalms and Proverbs.  Psalm 111 is another example of this with its…

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2 Timothy 2:8-15 Sermon Commentary

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Paul gives Timothy three commands and a saying in the lectionary section for this week. Remember God… Remind others… Do your best. Maybe I’ve watched too many cheesy movies—the ones where someone is leaving on the train and never coming back and they stick their head out the window and yell, “Remember I love you!”…

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Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Sermon Commentary

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When most preachers think of Jeremiah 29, they will focus on the oft-preached optimism of verses 10-14.  Who hasn’t quoted those words to discouraged believers? “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But the Lectionary doesn’t take…

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