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Kingdom Without End -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
"I'm the luckiest son-of-gun that ever was born," said the late Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona,
The Moral Compass -- Mark 1:4-11 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 1999
"Confession is good for the soul," so we say in Lent.
Religion Without Guile -- John 1:43-51 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 1999
It was one of those delightful stories out of the American Frontier.
Academics, Fanatics, And Other Disciples -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 1999
I must confess that I am not much of a fisherman.
A New Kind Of Teaching -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1999
Teachers and teaching have been with us since the world began.
The Need For A Community Of Healing -- Mark 1:29-39 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 1999
A friend of mine finally came home from the hospital. He came home alive.
Love, Medicine, And Miracles -- Mark 1:40-45 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 1999
It was the cover story in Psychology Today.
Standing Room Only Religion And Roof Repair -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 1999
I long have enjoyed this story of Jesus' healing of the paralytic.
Overcoming The Anxiety Of An Inadequate Background -- Mark 2:13-22 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 1999
Americans are increasingly concerned about backgrounds.
Jesus And The Competition -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 1999
Perhaps no artist in history has expressed the tenderness and beauty, as well as the majesty and glo
The Hidden Power Of Small Beginnings -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Maurice A. Fetty -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1999
Jesus was born during the golden age of the Roman Empire, under the reign of Caesar Augustus.
How To Profit From Prophets -- Luke 1:76 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
Many would claim the profit motive to be one of the stronger motives of our humanity.
Why Prophets Get Under Our Skin -- Luke 3:9 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
To tell you the truth, you might not like him if you met him.
Someone Greater Than A Prophet -- Luke 1:33 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
As our world gets smaller and smaller we become more and more aware of other cultures and religions,
The Long Loneliness -- Romans 13:11-12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
The Beatles surprised the world in the 1960s and took the United States by storm, introducing a new
A Voice To Be Heard -- John 1:23 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
It had been a long time. History seemed more moribund and leaden than ever.
The Unexpected Universe -- Matthew 11:4-6 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
It has already caused a stir in the minds of many. Long-held doubts have surfaced.
The Star Thrower -- Matthew 2: 9-10 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
O Star (the fairest one in sight),We grant your loftiness the right
The Inner Galaxy -- Luke 2:6-7 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
Christmas Eve is the night for midnight blue skies, cloudless and serene; a night for stars dazzling
The Second Naivete: Babies, Angels, Shepherds, And God -- Philippians 2:8 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1998
You would have liked him as did thousands, perhaps millions.
What Will You Have -- Dancing Or Fasting? -- Matthew 11:17 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Across the sea, along the shore,In numbers more and ever more,
Faith And Fast-Food Religion -- John 6:67-68 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It was many years ago when he told me. It was somewhat unbelievable then, but surely not now.
Parties, Perfumes, And The Poor -- John 12:7-8 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It was an unusual experience. It happened some years ago in New York City on an elevator.
The Dinner Party Not To Miss -- Luke 14:23-24 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Have you received any good invitations lately? I certainly have, as has my wife.

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Watching And Waiting For The Kingdom -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
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Here in England we're now well into the wedding season, in which many young couples will follow the age old tradition of plighting their troth. Some of them will do so here in Pulham St. Mary church, and several more here in our benefice in South Norfolk.

Although our country has the highest divorce rate in the whole of Europe and is second only to the United States in the world, and although many couples now live together outside marriage, nonetheless marriage is still a very popular institution.


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