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Unfathomable Riches! No Assembly Required, Gentiles Included -- Isaiah 60:1-6, 9, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Transfiguration: Trickery, Technology, Or Truth? -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36, Psalm 99 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Incarnation -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 96 -- John A. Tenbrook -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The Face Of Salvation -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Psalm 80 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
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Wow! Baby Jesus Is Born ... For Me! -- Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Barbecue Bob And The Fresh Wineskins -- Hosea 2:14-23, Mark 2:18-22, Psalm 103 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 2002
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A Hiding Place -- Isaiah 43:18-25, 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, Mark 2:1-12, Psalm 32 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Heal! -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Mark 1:40-45, Psalm 42 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Whatever ... -- 2 Kings 4:8-37, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39, Psalm 142 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts"Whatever."
Puffing And Building -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28, Psalm 111 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological ThoughtsHe is God ... and I am not!
Immediately They Left Their Nets And Followed Him -- Jeremiah 3:21-4:2, 1 Corinthians 7:17-23, Mark 1:14-20, Psalm 130 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological ThoughtsImmediately!
A Pizza With Everything -- Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-38, Mark 1:7-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts"I truly understand that God shows no partiality."
Wilbur, The Wakeful Wise Man -- Isaiah 60:1-6, 9, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
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Who Ya Gonna Trust? -- 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16, Luke 1:26-38, Psalm 132 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Evangelist Everett Everlovin -- Isaiah 65:17-25, John 3:23-30 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
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The Pusillanimous Pratfalls Of Peter Patience -- Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Raggedy Saints -- Isaiah 64:1-9a, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Transfiguration -- 1 Kings 19:9-18, 2 Peter 1:16-19 (20-21), Mark 9:2-9, Psalm 27 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Can Anything Good Come From ____________? -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), John 1:43-51, Psalm 63:1-8 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Phil Pharisee And The Baptizer -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The Prophet Has His Doubts -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
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N-o-o-o-t Exactly ... -- Matthew 24:37-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-14 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
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Never Give Up On God ... God Never Gives Up On You! -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-17, Romans 1:1-7 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
What's The Word? -- John 1:1-14, Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-12, Psalm 98 -- John A. Tenbrook -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Unfathomable Riches! No Assembly Required, Gentiles Included -- Matthew 2:1-2, Isaiah 60:1-6, 9, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2001
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

Richard A. Jensen
It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
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One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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