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A No-Win Situation
Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14

from the book
PENTECOST FIRE
PREACHING COMMUNITY IN SEASONS OF CHANGE

Schuyler Rhodes


Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


 

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I think one of the best lessons I have learned in ministry is the lesson of win-win. Have you ever heard of win-win? In a world where win-lose situations seem to dominate our interactions, the discovery of the possibility of building scenarios where everyone can benefit, where everyone can, in effect, win, has been an incredible answer to prayer. In church, community, and family life it has been a powerful way forward on numerous occasions. Recently, an experience in negotiations in a sensitive church situation resulted in a win-win, and it was unbelievable. Former adversaries threatening to leave the church walked out of the room as friends with renewed commitment to the faith community. Those who were once miles apart on some serious issues found themselves looking to common ground and seeking common language. It was a thing of beauty, a moment of grace.

It's a good bet that most of us have been in a win or lose situation. ...

This Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 sermon, A No-Win Situation, is based on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 and relates to Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book PENTECOST FIRE . 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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