September 21, 2014
Matthew 20:1-16
Philippians 1:21-30
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

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What Ever Happened to Wisdom?

Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25

from the book
Renewal of the New
Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost


John R. Brokhoff
Robert W. Stackel



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Does gray hair bring wisdom or slower reflexes or both? This is the issue over which airline pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration have been arguing for years. The rule has been that pilots cannot fly jetliners after they turn sixty years old. Pilots claim that eligibility after sixty should be determined on a case by case basis. They cite the time when Captain David Cronin, age fifty-nine, brought a jumbo jet back to a safe landing in Hawaii after a huge hole had opened in its fuselage. He maintained that his decades of experience had given him a wisdom for such a crisis not covered in any manuals. Does wisdom come with age?


Where does wisdom come from? This is the question asked in the twenty-eighth chapter of the book of Job, which is part of the so-called wisdom literature of the Old Testament. A renowned commentator, the late Hugh Anderson of Scotland, called this chapter "one of the most...

This Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 sermon, What Ever Happened to Wisdom?, is based on Job 28:20-28 and relates to Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Renewal of the New. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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