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John Leo, in U.S... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
John Leo, in U.S.
RCA used the image of... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
RCA used the image of a dog sitting attentively next to a record player and the caption was, "His ma
Small town memories can be... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
Small town memories can be long and brutal. Michael was a troubled child.
Howard, don't you think it's... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
"Howard, don't you think it's about time?" Jerry, Howard's best friend, was concerned about the sign
Paul talks about authentic love... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
Paul talks about authentic love and its place in the Christian faith.
John and April, the pastor... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
"John and April," the pastor began, "the building blocks on the altar are my wedding gift to you.
Mothers teach children that people... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2001
Mothers teach children that "people pay more attention to what we do than what we say." Believers mi
Robin Williams in the movie... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poet's Society was instrumental in helping his students see
Spiritual leadership is an impossible... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
Spiritual leadership is an impossible job.
We tend to think of... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
We tend to think of love as emotion, as opposed to idea or reason or will.
Paul's words on love in... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
Paul's words on "love" in 1 Corinthians are among the most famous ever written.
Who pays any attention to... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
Who pays any attention to Number 2? Well, Babe Ruth is Number 2.
Whenever I drive into Pittsburgh... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1998
Whenever I drive into Pittsburgh, I travel past three church buildings that always catch my attentio
When Rosa Parks declined to... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
When Rosa Parks declined to move and stand at the back of the bus, the driver and some passengers we
This is a true story... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
This is a true story. Tom Kelker was an over-the-road salesman, home only on weekends.
Some 400 volumes about the... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
Some 400 volumes about the presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy are now available.
A child leaves home to... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
A child leaves home to live the kind of life that comes to poverty and near destruction.
The obscurity and apparent heterodoxy... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
The obscurity and apparent heterodoxy of much of the work of the English poet, artist and visionary
Love is patient. I have... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
Love is patient. I have an aunt who is in her 90s.
The advertisement from the Episcopal... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
The advertisement from the Episcopal Church showed a very familiar artwork of Jesus.
A church survey asked all... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
A church survey asked all the members to identify what one thing about the church was the biggest pr
Each time the father commenced... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
Each time the father commenced to spanking his son for wrongdoing, the lad had an out-of-body experi
Beth's brother Brandon, and Patrick... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
Beth's brother Brandon, and Patrick, the boy from next door, might as well have been speaking Martia
As part of their church... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
As part of their church planning, the Southern Baptists in Alabama estimated that 67% of the state'
Have you ever tired to... -- 1:4-10 Jeremiah -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
Have you ever tired to recruit volunteers? I have and it's hard.

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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)

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For January 23, 2022:
  • Coach Comes Calling by Dean Feldmeyer — In today’s Epistle lesson, when Paul speaks of gifts that are given to us by God, nowhere does he mention the word “privilege.”
  • Second Thoughts: A Healthy Body by Tom Willadsen — Imagine the whole church being able to act in coordination, as a healthy body, because everyone recognizes the collective, communal health depends on the responsible choices individuals make.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
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.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
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.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

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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Stephen P. McCutchan
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.
Mary S. Lautensleger
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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