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I once knew a young... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
I once knew a young man who used to brag that he had never been turned down by a woman.
Glendon Harris wrote about Jeremiah's... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Glendon Harris wrote about Jeremiah's words, "Lord, thou hast deceived me." He characterized this pa
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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Hero Time -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Athletes and sports in general are always hot topics in American culture -- and even more so during

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John Jamison
Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me ask this: did Jesus ever say something that didn’t make sense to you or that was just really confusing and hard to understand? (Let them respond.) Well, that has happened to me.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For August 14, 2022:
  • Holy Heart Burn by Chris Keating. Jesus’ declaration that he comes to bring division and not peace is a harsh reminder of the kingdom’s disruption of our lives and world.
  • Wild Growth by Quantisha Mason-Doll. Based on Isaiah 5:1-7.
  • Sermon illustrations by Mary Austin, Tom Willadsen.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Charles Paul Conn wrote, in his book Make It Happen, about a church that lost her purpose. The story went something like this.

A preacher was in Atlanta, several years ago, and noticed in the restaurants section of the yellow pages, a place called Church of God Grill. The unusual name aroused his curiosity, so he dialed the number. A man answered with a cheery, “Hello! Church of God Grill!”
Mark J. Molldrem
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

"But he's for family values!"

My parishioner could not believe that I didn't like the radio talk show. So what if the host's politics were reprehensible, his theology simplistic, and his biblical interpretation uncritical? The only thing that counted was family values!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch. She grabbed for the remote and flipped through the channels on the television. Nothing caught her eye, so she turned it off. She picked up her phone and checked her message and social media. Nothing new. She tossed her phone on the table and slumped back.

“Why is this happening to me?” she muttered.

Linda yelled from the other room. “You back from work?”

“Yeah. I’m starving. Is there any of that pizza left?

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst. The dares were becoming more and more scary, and Tracey didn't want to be part of them. On the other hand, she was terrified of being required to reveal her innermost secrets, for she knew perfectly well all the others would laugh themselves silly.

"Your go, Tracey," announced James. "Truth or dare?"

Tracey hesitated. "Oh come on, Tracey!" cried the others. "What, you scared or something?"

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Rick McCracken-Bennett
I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with. All this talk about bringing fire to the earth and that he can't wait until it's set ablaze. What kind of talk is that? Then there is the part about how households will become divided because of him. For goodness' sake, that's exactly opposite from the kind of community we're trying to build here.
Chrysanne Timm
This summer I decided to take up some simple vegetable gardening. I knew it would happen someday. It's in my blood. My dad has planted and tended summer gardens of various sizes my whole life. For several years, our family's garden filled the whole half acre second lot behind our home. We had strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, and even pumpkins.
Kirk R. Webster
In his colorful commentary on Hebrews, Thomas Long paints a picture of the historical setting surrounding this anonymous New Testament book.

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