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Proper 11B

The Proper 11B Sermon Commentaries include reflection and illustration ideas for Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 from the Lectionary Gospel; 2 Samuel 7:1-14a from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 23 from the Lectionary Psalms; and Ephesians 2:11-22 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: OT Lectionary: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 15 (Lord’s Day 5)

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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon Commentary

At first, these verse selections seem odd; why leave out the feeding of the five thousand-plus? If you’ve looked ahead at the lectionary then you know that the loaves and fishes miracle is next week as we transition to John 6, so what do these handful of verses bring to the fore? There are some…

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2 Samuel 7:1-14 Sermon Commentary

Spoke Too Soon In last week’s Old Testament reading, we had a shocking example of how politicians and public figures can use the Name of the Lord in vain, using it to baptize their causes and leadership.  This week’s text is far more subtle but, in a sense, the transgression against the 3rd commandment remains. …

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Psalm 23 Sermon Commentary

Lately I have been in a phase of life where green pastures and still waters seem far away.  And though dark-ish valleys have seemed all-too-real, the prospect of being exalted over my foes likewise seems a ways off just now.  Maybe you as a preacher feel this way too.  I have been out of the…

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Ephesians 2:11-22 Sermon Commentary

If ever there were a text that resonates with life today, it is this ancient word.  In this text Paul answers the burning question at the heart of the immigration debate in America.  What is the right path to full citizenship?  Of course, Paul is not talking about full citizenship in a country; he is…

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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

Comments and Observations “Be specific!   Show, Don’t Tell!” Those are fairly common pieces of advice from me when I grade student sermons.   Generalities, undefined words like “this” or “that,” brief lists that quickly conclude with “and so on” or “et cetera” just don’t cut it.   The concrete and the specific always trump the vague and…

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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

“Be specific!  Show, Don’t Tell!” Those are fairly common pieces of advice from me when I grade student sermons.  Generalities, undefined words like “this” or “that,” brief lists that quickly conclude with “and so on” or “et cetera” just don’t cut it.  The concrete and the specific always trump the vague and the general. I…

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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon Commentary

Proper 11B

“Be specific!”  “Show, Don’t Tell!”  “Appeal to all Five Senses!” Recently I completed a three-week mini course online on “The Nuts and Bolts of Preaching” and when I interacted with my students, lines like those above were my common go-to pieces of advice.  It is the same in regular seminary courses when I grade student…

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