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The needy as neighbor, liberation as love -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The needy as neighbor, liberation as loveGospel Note:
Distractions versus discipleship -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Distractions versus discipleshipGospel Note:
The snare-like suddenness of the Second Coming -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Dennis Koch -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The snare-like suddenness of the Second Coming
Positive praying -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Positive prayingGospel Note:
An advent announcement for all -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:An advent announcement for allGospel Note:
The false security of material possessions -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The false security of material possessionsGospel Note:
The fruits of repentance, reserves for the future -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The fruits of repentance, reserves for the future
Christian priorities and preparedness -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Christian priorities and preparednessGospel Note:
Awaiting the power that authenticates -- Dennis Koch -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Awaiting the power that authenticatesGospel Note:
The disruptive side of the Gospel -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme: The disruptive side of the Gospel
Piety as private, not public -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Dennis Koch -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Piety as private, not publicGospel Note:
The exclusivity of God's inclusive reign -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The exclusivity of God's inclusive reignGospel Note:
The king who rules from a cross -- Luke 12:9-19 -- Dennis Koch -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The king who rules from a crossGospel Note:
The difficult demands of discipleship -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The difficult demands of discipleshipGospel Note:
Seeing and believing -- John 20:19-31 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Seeing and believingGospel Note:
Repentance as response -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Repentance as responseGospel Note:
The church's mission under the Christ's direction -- John 21:1-14 -- Dennis Koch -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The church's mission under the Christ's direction
The difficult dilemma -- riches or righteousness -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The difficult dilemma -- riches or righteousness
God's activity in the Christ -- John 10:22-30 -- Dennis Koch -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:God's activity in the ChristGospel Note:
The sufficiency of the Scriptures -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The sufficiency of the ScripturesGospel Note:
Christian love ''in house'' -- John 13:31-35 -- Dennis Koch -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme: Christian love ''in house''
Obedience as owed -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Obedience as owedGospel Note:
The legacy of Jesus -- John 14:23-29 -- Dennis Koch -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The legacy of JesusGospel Note:
Patient faith in times of God's apparent inactivity -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Patient faith in times of God's apparent inactivity
Shared glory as the basis of Christian unity -- John 17:20-26 -- Dennis Koch -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Shared glory as the basis of Christian unityGospel Note:

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True greatness -- servanthood not status -- Mark 10:35-45 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 1993
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The self-sacrifice of the Good Shepherd -- John 10:11-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
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