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Can Anything Good Come Out Of Our Town? -- John 1:43-51 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2008
Well, good, old Nathaniel. In a way, he's the mystery disciple of the New Testament.
Time's A-Wasting -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2008
Just when everything seems as normal as can be ...
Can Teach, Can Do -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 2008
Every time I have ever studied this passage with other people, it seems to me that we have been all
A Whole City At The Door -- Mark 1:29-39 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2008
One of my all-time favorite church magazine cartoons pictures a physician in his office, speaking wi
Skin Game -- Mark 1:40-45 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 2008
Let's think about skin for a minute. Skin is something very precious to us.
Jesus At Home -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 2008
When he [Jesus] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
Due For Renewal -- Mark 2:13-22 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 2008
Every pastor, on occasion, feels the need to remind a congregation that we need not fear things that
Looking Up: Looking Out -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Robert J. Elder -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2008
This passage serves as a gift to the church as we prepare to enter into the season of Lent beginning
How To Know What To Know -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Robert J. Elder -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
But about that day or hour no one knows ...
When Did This Start? -- Part 1 -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Robert J. Elder -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.
-- Mark 1:1a

When Did This Start? -- Part 2 -- John 1:6-8, 19-28 -- Robert J. Elder -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John ... they said to him, "Who are you?"
How Can This Be? -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Robert J. Elder -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Worth The Wait -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Robert J. Elder -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2008
... I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day ...
The Thoughts Of Our Hearts -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Robert J. Elder -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2008
Luke wrote his gospel to a man we know only by name.
Just Say The Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Robert J. Elder -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 2008
Up until the modern era, with the advent of two-way radios, when generals needed to communicate with
Grand Opening -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Carefully the plans are laid.
I Went Down To The River To Pray -- Mark 1:4-11 -- Robert J. Elder -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2008
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgive
Looking Up, Looking Out -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Robert J. Elder -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Alan Paton was a courageous South African author whose courage was manifest in his novels, written d
Pastor, It's Cornelius On The Line ... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Robert J. Elder -- Easter Day - A -- 2001
There stood Peter, in the very position in which lots of believers have found themselves.
What Are They Saying About Us? -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Robert J. Elder -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
Why should it be said among the peoples, "Where is their God?"

Peter's Story: Our Story -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Robert J. Elder -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Frederick Buechner described Peter's vigil outside the high priest's place on the night of Jesus' ar
To Be Lord, To Be Messiah, To Be Crucified -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41 -- Robert J. Elder -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Think of all the ways in which we hold ourselves at a distance from people and things that come near
All Things In Common Are Not All Common Things -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Robert J. Elder -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Now here is what I often think of as a passage of scripture with high potential for use as a brick--
Covering Our Ears And Shouting -- Acts 7:54-60 -- Robert J. Elder -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
In the earliest experience of the church, the apostles soon discovered that their teaching and preac
How To Be Christian Without Being Religious -- Acts 17:22-31 -- Robert J. Elder -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
One thing about ancient Athens. It was a marketplace for new ideas.
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