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Surprised By God
Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16

from the book
Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle A

James L. Killen, Jr.

Genesis 28:10-19a


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We live in a culture that is increasingly secular. At its best, secularism is simply what we Americans call the separation of church and state. It is a practical way to keep people from having to live lives regimented by someone else's religious convictions and that keeps countries from being torn by conflicts between religious groups that all want to write the rules. There is a lot of history in our world that argues for the practicality of that kind of arrangement.

As it has taken shape among us, however, secularism has a downside. We have come to a time when the legal structures of society are so intent upon not appearing to favor "religion" over "non-religion" that they appear to be in opposition to religion. In intellectual circles, the dominant belief that there are no absolutes has seemed to rule out the existence of God or of anything like "the will of God." In polite society, it is considered ...

This Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 sermon, Surprised By God, is based on Genesis 28:10-19a and relates to Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The First Readings . 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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