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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.
The Child That Changed The World -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 1999
Eight days after his birth Jesus was circumcised according to Jewish law and custom.
Words, Words, Words -- And The Word -- John 1:1-18 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 1999
One of my favorite cartoons appeared in The New Yorker magazine.
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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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Katy Stenta
For May 16, 2021:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

An example:
John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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