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An Old Testament professor who... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
An Old Testament professor who had been a refugee prior to WWII shared this story with his class abo
Elizabeth O'Connor of the Church... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Elizabeth O'Connor of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C.
Reverend Johnson showed up early... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Reverend Johnson showed up early in the office for his first day as the minister of Third Presbyteri
Fedor Dostoevsky, in the I... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Fedor Dostoevsky, in the Brothers Karamazov, tells of "The Grand Inquisitor." Jesus returns u
Maney Hill Primary School in... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Maney Hill Primary School in England recently held their school sports day without any parents in at
Henry David Thoreau once refused... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Henry David Thoreau once refused to pay a state tax as a protest against slavery and against our cou
Peace at any cost. That's... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
"Peace at any cost." That's the motto the woman I was counseling had adopted for her life.
During my day-to-day... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
During my day-to-day parish ministry I am often amazed by the all encompassing presence of God.
Vendetta is the only... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
"Vendetta" is the only Corsican word which has passed unchanged into the dictionaries of most
Chapter 23 is a dark... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Chapter 23 is a dark chapter. Verse 14 refers to (false) prophets committing adultery.
One of Pat Conroy's early... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
One of Pat Conroy's early books, The Water is Wide, tells the story of a young schoolteacher
How can the Prince of... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
How can the Prince of Peace cause such divisions in a family? The same way love -- of all things!
The prophet Jeremiah didn't want... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The prophet Jeremiah didn't want to speak publicly, in part because he didn't really think himself a
Neil Diamond sings Love On... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Neil Diamond sings "Love On The Rocks." Reba McEntire sings "Till You Love Me." The Oakridge Boys si
Stephen Pressfield's historical novel, Gates... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Stephen Pressfield's historical novel, Gates of Fire, tells the story of the Battle of Thermo
Columnist Thomas Bray tells about... -- Isaiah :1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Columnist Thomas Bray tells about a speech to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco given by Michae
The best-laid plans ... often... -- Isaiah :1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The best-laid plans ... often do not turn out as we expected.
The place was a suburb... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The place was a suburb of Detroit. The speaker: Nobel Prize-winning novelist Elie Wiesel.
Immortality is not a Christian... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Immortality is not a Christian concept.
Vince Lombardi in Run To... -- Hebrews 12:1-7 (8-10) 11-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Vince Lombardi in Run To Daylight wrote a chapter on running backs that contains a lesson on keeping
Jeremiah is one of the... -- Jeremiah 2O:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Jeremiah is one of the most fascinating of the Hebrew prophets.
Who is the enemy? From... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Who is the enemy? From whom do we pray for deliverance, for God's defenses, for justice?

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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
  • Second Thoughts: Letting the Sucker Do Its Work by Bethany Peerbolte — The line of Jesse is not dead. It has just enough energy to send up one more change for survival.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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David O. Bales
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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
"Prayer For Righteous Government" by David O. Bales


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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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