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Sermons and Bible Studies

Give Therefore…, Proper 24 (A) – 2011

October 16, 2011

“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Generally quoted in its King James version, “Render unto Caesar,” this […]

The Lectionary Readings Begin…, Lent 3 (A) – 2011

March 27, 2011

The lectionary readings begin with our ancestors being led by Moses through the wilderness, on the journey from slavery in Egypt toward an unknown Promised Land. Memories of the long […]

A Strange and Complex Story…, Proper 9 (C) – 2010

July 04, 2010

Today’s reading from the Second Book of Kings presents us with a strange and complex story. The main characters are the Aramean warrior Naaman, who has what our ancestors called […]

Even Listening Attentively…, Proper 22 (C) – 2010

October 03, 2010

Even listening attentively to Paul’s second letter to Timothy, we are probably not going to want to go the distance with Paul when he invites Timothy to “join with me […]

One of the Most Remarkable…, Proper 5 (C) – 2010

June 06, 2010

One of the most remarkable features of the First Book of Kings is the collection of stories featuring the prophet Elijah. The first of these comes after the rather generalized […]

As We Turn Our Faces, Lent 5 (C) – 2010

March 21, 2010

As we turn our faces now toward Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we are given this last Sunday in Lent to ponder God’s gift of generosity and what that generosity […]

Philip the Deacon Was…, Easter 5 (B) – 2009

May 10, 2009

Philip the Deacon was one of the seven appointed deacons Luke mentions in the sixth chapter of Acts, and he is perhaps more properly thought of as Philip the Evangelist. […]

At First Sight…, Epiphany 5 (B) – 2009

February 08, 2009

At first sight, it may seem odd that the lectionary offers us a reading from Isaiah that is all about God the cosmic creator and giver of power, and then […]

At First Reading…, Easter 6 (A) – 2008

April 27, 2008

At first reading, the words of Jesus in this passage from John are not very inspiring. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It is that little word […]

We Often Hear Jacob’s Name…, Proper 24 (C) – 2007

October 21, 2007

“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” — Genesis 32:26 We often hear Jacob’s name in church. He is third in that list of three patriarchs whose […]

The Vision of Jesus’ Transfiguration, The Transfiguration – 2007

August 06, 2007

The vision of Jesus’ transfiguration occurs in all three synoptic gospels. In the Sunday lectionary, we get one of these versions on the last Sunday of Epiphany each year before […]

Wisdom Hath Builded…, Proper 15 (B) – 2006

August 20, 2006

“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” The King James language would have been familiar to Lawrence of Arabia when he titled his long and […]

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