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Jacob Leeder was a shy... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1998
Jacob Leeder was a shy man. He appeared to live very modestly.
Gordon W. Allport, in his... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1998
Gordon W.
My best friend worked one... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
My best friend worked one summer as a mosquito control officer in a mountain resort area.
Mom? Judith's heart skipped a... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
"Mom?" Judith's heart skipped a beat as she recognized the voice on the line.
The great Quaker mystic Rufus... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
The great Quaker mystic Rufus Jones tells the following story.
After all I've been through... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
After all I've been through with that kid, I ought to just strangle him.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has... -- Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has intrigued viewers for several centuries.
Respect for the white-haired... -- Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Respect for "the white-haired ones" is nearly universal amongst Native American peoples.
A few years ago, the... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
A few years ago, the national news was focused on a couple living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who had ra
Orson Welles' epic movie, Citizen... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Orson Welles' epic movie, Citizen Kane, chronicles the life of one man determined to control his des
There is a Buddhist story... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
There is a Buddhist story about a wrestler who wore a precious stone in an ornament on his forehead.
Before gambling was permitted in... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Before gambling was permitted in Atlantic City, it had the 50th lowest crime rate among American cit
David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has made it his calling to comment on political and econo
Have you ever purchased a... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Have you ever purchased a new outfit of clothing, only to hang it in the closet, continuing to wear
A couple once came to... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
A couple once came to their pastor to get his opinion on an argument that they were having.
The news from the doctor... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
The news from the doctor was mixed. Bob had suffered a serious heart attack.
Jerry had always enjoyed writing... -- 2 Peter 1:16-19 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Jerry had always enjoyed writing, but the request he had just received presented an unusual challeng
It is rumored that in... -- 2 Peter 1:16-19 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
It is rumored that in a fire station in California an electric light has been burning for 86 years.
What is the old adage... -- 2 Peter 1:16-19 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
What is the old adage from World War I?
Eyewitness accounts have become very... -- 2 Peter 1:16-19 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
"Eyewitness" accounts have become very popular on television as they seem to carry some added weight
What is particularly troubling right... -- Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
What is particularly troubling right now is the status of the nuclear weapons in the former Soviet U
The movie Grand Canyon got... -- Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
The movie Grand Canyon got its title from the fact that one of the central characters, who brings gr
During the period 1861-1865, America... -- Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
During the period 1861-1865, America was gripped by the cruel hold of a great, wrenching war.
Mary had stopped subscribing to... -- Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
Mary had stopped subscribing to her local newspaper.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says... -- Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1995
The writer of Ecclesiastes says the activity of man is "vanity" and as useless as "striving after wi

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John Jamison

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For January 16, 2021:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
We live in a pluralized world where all opinions seem valid, and the only perspective about which we are intolerant is intolerance itself. So, when we compare our views of reality, few of us dare to back all the way into the ultimate questions of origins and worldviews.

Yet it is impossible to read the Bible without admitting that it has a definite opinion about these things. Atheism is not an option from the biblical point of view, nor are several other ideas about values and gods in our world.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138
One of the consistent elements in the ancient mythologies is conflict in the heavens. In the Greek pantheon, Gaia and Kronos are supplanted by the Titans, who in turn are overthrown by the Olympian gods that we are familiar with through the Iliad, Odyssey, and other ancient stories. There is conflict between the gods, grudges that are nursed, and revenge that wreaks havoc in the heavens that like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond create upheaval on earth.

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John E. Sumwalt
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
   and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her...
(vv. 3-4b)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
"I'm never going to get married," declared Molly. Her parents had divorced the previous year, and her mum was now living with a new boyfriend. Molly didn't like him, and he made it fairly clear he didn't like Molly either. It was fine when her mum was around, he was all sweetness and light then. But whenever her mum was absent, he was quite nasty to Molly.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
For those who like to preach from all three lectionary texts, the stated readings for this Sunday could cause a preacher great perplexity. How on earth do they all fit together? The Epistle lesson deals with the variety of gifts given by the Spirit to the church. The Gospel lesson recounts Jesus' first "sign" at the wedding at Cana, when the water turned into wine, became the symbol of his blood poured out for us all. Our Isaiah text concerns the eschatological future of Jerusalem. Other than the reference to a wedding in John and here in Isaiah, the texts seem to have nothing in common.
Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Recently on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a middle-aged and apparently quite wealthy South African woman found herself sitting next to a black man. As the passengers were filing in and taking their seats she called a member of the cabin crew to ask about her seating. "What seems to be the matter, madam?" asked the attendant.

J. Will Ormond
This homily was prepared for and preached at the wedding in Norfolk, Virginia, of Kathryn Johnson and David Cameron, both ordained Presbyterian ministers.

There is an imaginary retelling of the biblical story suggesting why the wine failed and how Jesus intervened in the situation.

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