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The Battle Of The Wisdoms
Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25

from the book
Sermons On The Second Readings
For Sundays In Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Harold C. Warlick, Jr.

James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a


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In the 1960s a favorite weekend night of entertainment for many was to attend events titled "The Battle of the Bands." One entered an auditorium packed to the gills with other raucous teenagers. One by one, equally loud and excited teenage bands would be paraded across the stage to display their wares. This meant that each band had an opportunity to play and sing three or four songs to the accompaniment of the screaming crowd. The cacophony of sound would permeate a three-block area. The band judged by the "panel of experts" to be the best of the dozen or so that performed would be given a trophy and cash award. This band could proclaim itself the winner in that city's "Battle of the Bands" contest. Such proved to be an advertising advantage when the band sought to earn a few dollars through securing a gig in another town.

Quite often the teenagers in the audience differed vehemently with the decision ...

This Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 sermon, The Battle Of The Wisdoms, is based on James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a and relates to Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second 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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