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Jesus was engaged in prophetic... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Jesus was engaged in prophetic preaching.
One of the symbols of... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
One of the symbols of the Epiphany season that may be easily overlooked is that of movement o
Pat Conroy, in his novel... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Pat Conroy, in his novel, The Prince of Tides, reports early in the story a conversation betw
During World War I, a... -- Luke 4:21 -30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
During World War I, a Protestant chaplain with the American troops in Italy became a friend of a loc
In our sophisticated, technological world... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
In our sophisticated, technological world, it's refreshing to know that God hasn't changed the way f
So often when the call... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
So often when the call of God comes to us we are filled with fear.
King Croesus, the fabled ruler... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
King Croesus, the fabled ruler of Lydia who was noted for his great wealth, had a lively interest in
God calls each one of... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
God calls each one of us to a special mission in life.
before you were born, I... -- Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
"... before you were born, I consecrated you."
The Marines are looking for... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
The Marines are looking for a "few good men." The U.S.
Let us underscore the fact... -- Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Let us underscore the fact that God equips whom he calls.
Herman Wouk, a Jewish writer... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Herman Wouk, a Jewish writer and high moralist, is a storyteller second to none.
Of all the things Paul... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Of all the things Paul chose to say about love in this great chapter, perhaps none is more important
How long has it been... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
How long has it been since you have heard the ringing of a real telephone bell?
A group of demons were... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
A group of demons were out in the desert trying to tempt the holy man.
On this February Sunday, let... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
On this February Sunday, let us think of a hot summer day in Southeast Missouri.
John of Ephesus is, according... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
John of Ephesus is, according to tradition, the author of three little gems, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 J
A true story of heroic... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
A true story of heroic rescue was dramatized on television.
Sometimes we meet people professing... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Sometimes we meet people professing Christianity who drink strong alcoholic drinks.
As Christians we know we... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
As Christians we know we are called to love.
Celibacy is far from the... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Celibacy is far from the pattern of choice among moderns.
My father used to say... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
My father used to say that a great deal more would get done if people weren't so concerned about who
The young woman sat in... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
The young woman sat in the pastor's office clasping and unclasping her hands.
Several of us seniors at... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Several of us seniors at the seminary were swapping tales about our experiences as interns the prece
I was counseling a young... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
I was counseling a young woman who had many severe problems.

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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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