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Lent 2B

The Lent 2B Sermon Commentaries include reflection and illustration ideas for Mark 8:31-38 from the Lectionary Gospel; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 22:23-31 from the Lectionary Psalms; and Romans 4:13-25 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: OT Lectionary: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 78 (Lord’s Day 29)

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Mark 8:31-38 Sermon Commentary

Though it is not included in the lectionary selection, it is worth looking at the verses prior to our text. Seeing Peter go from acknowledging the truth about Jesus, the Christ, to doing what he does here, well, it’s quite the lenten journey. Clearly, Peter does and doesn’t get it. His mental model of what…

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Sermon Commentary

Cutting Out the Covenant Perhaps the compilers of the Lectionary intended a compassionate reprieve for those who might have to explain the meaning of circumcision to their youngest and most inquisitive learners.  It is, however, a lamentable omission for two reasons. The first is that it truncates the literary markers of covenant-making, which typically include…

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Psalm 22:23-31 Sermon Commentary

Considering that a portion of Psalm 22 is assigned to the Second Sunday in Lent, it seems odd that the Revised Common Lectionary would select for us not the first two-thirds of the psalm that is a whopping lament but instead the sunny-side-up concluding verses.  Psalm 22 almost seems like it’s two separate poems.  We…

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Romans 4:13-25 Sermon Commentary

It sometimes feels as if alienation, hostility and division flourish nearly everywhere we look. Hostilities that have turned violent between Ukrainians and Russians, as well as Israelis and Palestinians. Alienation between American Democrats and Republicans, as well as advocates for traditional and non-traditional understandings of human sexuality. Churches and denominations dividing over race relations, climate…

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Mark 8:31-38 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Life has its ups and downs but rarely are they packed so closely together as in Mark 8.  Only a few verses earlier Peter had answered one of history’s most powerful questions and he had answered it correctly.  Mark’s spare style means that we don’t hear what the other gospels tell us as to Jesus’…

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Mark 8:31-38 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

Comments and Observations: Life has its ups and downs but rarely are they packed so closely together as in Mark 8.   Only a few verses earlier Peter had answered one of history’s most powerful questions and he had answered it correctly.  Mark’s spare style means that we don’t hear what the other gospels tell us…

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Mark 8:31-38 Sermon Commentary

Lent 2B

One reads of such terrible things now and then.  Stories about the happy couple who had a magical wedding and then died in a plane crash on the way to their honeymoon.  Or the man who just got the promotion he had been dreaming of but who gets hit by a bus on his way…

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