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Easter 6C

The Easter 6C Sermon Commentaries include reflection and illustration ideas for John 5:1-9 from the Lectionary Gospel; Acts 16:9-15 from the Old Testament Lectionary; Psalm 67 from the Lectionary Psalms; and Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 from the Lectionary Epistle.

Related Reformed confession: Old Testament Lectionary: Heidelberg Catechism: Q&A 21 (Lord’s Day 7)

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John 5:1-9 Sermon Commentary

The Lectionary gives us a choice on texts this week. I’m choosing to work with the healing on the Sabbath that occurred at the pool of Bethesda. By the way, if you’re looking to preach on the other lectionary text option this week, my colleague Scott wrote on it the last time through the Year…

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Acts 16:9-15 Sermon Commentary

How did the Holy Spirit prevent Paul and company from entering into the regions of Asia, as Acts 16 narrates this for us?  Yes, Luke (our narrator) makes clear that the Spirit “prevented” them from going in the direction they were minded to go, but I wonder just how that all worked out.  Should we…

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Psalm 67 Sermon Commentary

It can be a little hard to know how to read Psalm 67.  On the face of it, this is a pretty simple Hebrew poem.  It’s short.  It is upbeat for the most part.  It aims squarely at the praise of the one true God of Israel. Yet there are some interesting angles one could…

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Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 Sermon Commentary

Revelation 21 is the last stop on the RCL’s “tour” of the book Revelation. That tour is so short that I sometimes wonder if those who constructed it were impatient to get to its happy ending. It’s almost as if they so tired of Revelation’s horrors that they decided to hurdle most of them so…

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John 14:23-29 Sermon Commentary

Easter 6C

Jesus kept saying it, kept repeating it that night: Let not your hearts be troubled. But it’s difficult to imagine a more troubling context in which to try to say such a thing! Jesus kept talking about peace, but all hell was about to break loose on Jesus and on his band of followers. In…

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John 14:23-29 Sermon Commentary

Easter 6C

Jesus kept saying it, kept repeating it that night: Let not your hearts be troubled. But it’s difficult to imagine a more troubling context in which to try to say such a thing!  Jesus kept talking about peace, but all hell was about to break loose on Jesus and on his band of followers.  In…

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Psalm 67 Sermon Commentary

Easter 6C

Easter is long gone, but Psalm 67 and the other readings for this sixth Sunday of the Easter season keep the Easter theme alive by foreshadowing one of the most astonishing results of Christ’s resurrection. Let me explain that by putting Psalm 67 in liturgical perspective. Next week, we will celebrate Christ’s Ascension when, according…

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