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When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2009
A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with
God's Plans -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- David E. Leininger -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2009
Martin Luther considered Psalm 118 his favorite. He wrote, "This is the psalm that I love ...
Remember Jesus Christ ... -- 2 Timothy 2:8-15 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2009
By the time Paul wrote these words to Timothy, memories were about all he had left.
The Uniquely Christian Commandment -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- David E. Leininger -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2009
Maundy Thursday is a strange term.
The Most Dangerous Verse In The Bible -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
Which verse is the most dangerous?
The Judas Gene -- John 18:1--19:42 -- David E. Leininger -- Good Friday - C -- 2009
Why did Judas do it? Was it the money, the thirty pieces of silver?
The Locust Years -- Joel 2:23-32 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
Do you like bugs? Yes, they are a part of God's good creation and they have a function within it.
Is It True? -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- David E. Leininger -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
The Joyful Noiseletter, that wonderfully hilarious monthly look at all things church-y, some
A Faith That Matters Between Sundays -- Romans 3:19-28 -- David E. Leininger -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 2009
On October 31, 1571, an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther marched up to the castle churc
A Time To Laugh -- John 20:19-31 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Easter is a time of surprises.
What Is Truly Important? -- Psalm 149 -- David E. Leininger -- All Saints Day - C -- 2009
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints ...
Risky Business -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- David E. Leininger -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
High drama. The story of Paul's miraculous conversion from pious persecutor to proud preacher.
Dinner With Jesus -- Luke 19:1-10 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2009
I used to wish I were tall. All the other children were bigger. They were stronger ... faster.
Dorcas -- Acts 9:36-43 -- David E. Leininger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Women have always been uniquely important in the life of the church, whether or not men want to admi
A Religion That Shows -- Haggai 1:15b--2:9 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2009
Some little girls went on a hike with their scout troop.
Pie In The Sky -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- David E. Leininger -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Do you like to eat? I do. I like food! And it shows.
Sermons In Stones -- Psalm 19 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2008
Shakespeare scholars will recognize the source of this title.
Welcoming Jesus -- Mark 9:30-37 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2008
Kids -- munchkins -- rug rats -- ragamuffins -- you have to love them. Jesus obviously did.
Cross-Bearing -- Mark 8:31-38 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
While vacationing in Mexico sometime back, my wife and I attended worship in a church that is served
The God Who Is Always There -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
The always-there God? Do you wonder which God that might be?
Handling Freedom -- Exodus 20:1-17 -- David E. Leininger -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
Have you seen those billboards that have popped up next to major thoroughfares that say things like,
Resolutions For A New Year -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- David E. Leininger -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Happy New Year! No, the calendar is not one month off. Today is New Year's Day ...
Jesus And Divorce -- Mark 10:2-16 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2008
Tough text.
Look Up And Live -- Numbers 21:4-9 -- David E. Leininger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
Do you like snakes? Not many do.

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The Most Dangerous Verse In The Bible -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
Which verse is the most dangerous?

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