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9th Sunday after Pentecost (A)August 1, 1993Rejecting the Promise(Romans 9:1-5)The greatest pain is usually caused by those we love the most, particularly family. Nothing can be more hurtful and leave more last...

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Trinity Sunday (A)June 6, 1993Three Ways of Knowing God(Matthew 28:16-20)These are the marching orders of the Christian Church: "Go into all the world -- teach and baptize." There is our Christian program. We h...

Sermon briefs suggest treatment for seasonal texts

Palm/Passion Sunday (A)April 4, 1992How Odd of GodTo Enter That Way(Matthew 21:8-11)Today is Palm Sunday, and all over Christendom in hundreds of thousands of churches, Christians are gathering to worship Jesus...

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (A)February 7, 1993The Power of Salt(Matthew 5:13-20)In the ancient world salt was one of the most precious and valuable commodities around. In the climate of Palestine, a bag of sal...

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Second Sunday of AdventDecember 6, 1992A Reason to Hope(Romans 15:4-13)The Christmas season signals a period of hope in the world. Everett Harrison wrote in the Expositor's Bible Commentary: "The expression 'th...

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17th Sunday After PentecostOctober 4, 1992Tour of Duty(Luke 17:1-10)I don't know if I should mention a nasty little four letter word in the pulpit. If I do, I know it will seem strange. If I do, I know I probab...

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August 2, 1992Content with Mediocrity(2 Kings 13:14-20a)The old prophet was on his death-bed. His ministry of fifty years was now behind him. Only one more prophetic act lay ahead of him. Soon Joash the king of...

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June 7, 1992When Human Ingenuity is Too Much(Genesis 11:1-9; Ads 2:1-21)At Genesis 11:1 comes this: "the whole earth had one language and the same words." The balance of our lectionary text deals with this prom...

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April 5, 1992Hearing the Story Again(Isaiah 43:16-21)It is amazing how often people miss the very things they need most -- and these things are right under their noses. Perhaps this is why the Bible seems to te...

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February 2, 1992No Excuses!(Jeremiah 1:4-10)We are all skillful at offering excuses, aren't we? "I'm too busy." "I don't know how." "I didn't understand." "I couldn't find the right tools." Excuses have been pr...