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Here we are given the... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
Here we are given the call of the great prophet, Jeremiah. That call was a strange one.
It is hard to explain... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
It is hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia, as it would be
Ralph had just purchased a... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
Ralph had just purchased a piece of land on which sat an abandoned farmyard. It was his
Harriet had a persistent cough... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
Harriet had a persistent cough that would not go away. For several months, she tried
I don't believe in the... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
"I don't believe in the old gods, I believe in science," said a beautiful, supposedly
In Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel, The... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
In Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel, The Last Crossing, Charles Gaunt describes his
In talking with a young... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
In talking with a young man one day about why he didn't come to church, he told me his
Jesus was aware of the... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
Jesus was aware of the hypocrisy of those scolding him for performing healing on the
William Barclay has observed that... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
William Barclay has observed that this was the last time we hear of Jesus being in the
I was ecstatic. After months... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
I was ecstatic. After months of concentrated work, our young families were starting to
I was ecstatic. After months... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
I was ecstatic.
A member of our congregation... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
A member of our congregation recently returned from a trip to Peru sponsored by Medical Missions.
One of my summer challenges... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
One of my summer challenges each year is to coach a neighborhood girl's softball team.
Fire is an appropriate image... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
Fire is an appropriate image for God because fire is something that we often experience as being bey
In the spring of 1999... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
In the spring of 1999, Ingo Potrykus, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zuri
When this passage warns us... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
When this passage warns us not to refuse to hear God when God speaks, I think of my grandparents.
Four brothers gathered around the... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2001
Four brothers gathered around the bed of an 84-year-old woman late one Friday night.
The admonition to worship with... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
The admonition to worship "with reverence and awe" in response to the majesty of God (v.
Now thank we all our... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
"Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices." How often have we lifted our voices in u
Through Jesus, God has become... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
Through Jesus, God has become approachable now.
It is fairly well known... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
It is fairly well known that the Nazis practiced eugenics.
Sneak up on the congregation... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
Sneak up on the congregation with this episode from Peanuts:
An uncle and aunt in... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
An uncle and aunt in the film Avalon have the habit of always being late for family gathering
An Orlando barmaid accepted an... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1998
An Orlando barmaid accepted an invitation to church one Sunday.

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A Far-Out Teacher -- Luke 13:10-17, Hebrews 12:18-29, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
With summer winding down and back-to-school planning on the minds of the young people and teachers i

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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.

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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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