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Spiritual Armchairs vs. Mature Discipleship
Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30

from the book
Where Gratitude Abounds
Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Last Third)

Joseph M. Freeman

Matthew 22:34-46


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In my divinity school days, I took a course on Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth century Danish theologian who wrote thirty-some books to deepen people's capacity to understand, appreciate, and appropriate the Christian faith. I remember Professor Paul Holmer sharing that Kierkegaard attributed humankind's greatest illness not to ignorance, but to a lack of peace of mind. Much of Western thinking still seems to cast a heavy vote for the former and not for the latter. If one believes one's greatest illness is ignorance, one will spend lots of time discovering and gathering facts. If one comes to believe that his/her greatest illness is a lack of peace of mind, Søren Kierkegaard invites them to come to know Christ, which in his day was not synonymous with the institutional church.

Formal Judaism had one of its professional expressions in the sect called the Pharisees. Birthed around 175 B.C.,1 this group sought to preserve Judaism and the Law at the time that Antiochus ...

This Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 sermon, Spiritual Armchairs vs. Mature Discipleship, is based on Matthew 22:34-46 and relates to Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Where Gratitude Abounds . 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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