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Easter 7C

The Easter 7C Sermon Commentaries include reflection and illustration ideas for John 17:20-26 from the Lectionary Gospel; Acts 16: 16-34 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 97 from the Lectionary Psalms; and Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Lectionary Epistle: Heidelberg Catechism: Q&A 123 (Lord’s Day 48)

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John 17:20-26 Sermon Commentary

Though Jesus prayed this prayer before his crucifixion and resurrection, as part of the season of Easter this passage continues to shape our understanding of the Resurrection New Life that God invites us to live. This is especially true because Christ’s prayer is for his people across time and space—and not just the disciples who…

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Acts 16:16-34 Sermon Commentary

It was certainly an interesting day! In this story we get a little occult, an exorcism, some political intrigue, an earthquake, and in the end the exuberant joy of the gospel! Your average Lord’s day it was not. As Luke narrates it for us in Acts 16, Paul and Silas’ experiences in the city of…

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Psalm 97 Sermon Commentary

A few years ago the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship produced a new hymnal based on the Psalms.  Its title is “Psalms for All Seasons.”  The title is apt because as most of us know, the Hebrew Psalter is a collection of varied prayers that matches life’s many and varied seasons.  As C.S. Lewis and…

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Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 Sermon Commentary

Relatively few avid readers that I know enjoy surprise endings, especially to books they’ve come to savor. After all, life seems to end all too often in tragedy. Perhaps partly as a result, most readers prefer our literature to end at least hopefully, if not happily. Sometimes, however, books end not surprisingly or hopefully, but…

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John 17:20-26 Sermon Commentary

Easter 7C

One of the most creative preachers I know who always manages to approach texts in a very fresh way is Debbie Blue.   For this text, she reminds us that biblically “glory doesn’t shine, it bleeds.”   You can hear that sermon by clicking on this link. What does Jesus mean by all his talk here about…

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John 17:20-26 Sermon Commentary

Easter 7C

One of the most creative preachers I know who always manages to approach texts in a very fresh way is Debbie Blue.  For this text, she reminds us that biblically “glory doesn’t shine, it bleeds.”  You can hear that sermon by clicking here. What does Jesus mean by all his talk here about “glory”? “I…

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Psalm 97 Sermon Commentary

Easter 7C

It’s not hard to understand the message of Psalm 97; it’s just hard to believe. There’s no doubt about its message: “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad, let the distant shores rejoice.” But, if a growing consensus of scholars is right, there must have been a great deal of doubt in the minds…

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