Archive for August 2014

August 31, 2014

August 31, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

Last Sermon from Romans -- here Chapter 12, Verses 1 and 2 -- for a while. This was intended to focus on encouraging people to take part in the Disciple Growth within the Church.

I have never done this much from Romans.  Six weeks I think.  Complex text but I got a lot out of the preparation.  I pray that the congregation was enriched with this excursion.  
We will look at Parables from Matthew after Youth Sunday (September 7, 2014).  
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August 24, 2014

August 25, 2014 @ 6:07 am

My next to last look at Romans for a while. This is drawn from Romans 10: 5-15. That is here. I use the N. T. Wright observations from New Interpreter's Bible on Romans about larger enterprise and focus on the end of the passage on the ideas of called but who will reach the unreached? I hear echoes of Exodus 2/3 in this and clearly felt called myself to go there.

Will this be the "almost" get to it sermon?  Time will tell I guess.  
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August 17, 2014

August 17, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

Sermon is from Romans 9: 1-5 but is as much about Paul's context with the house churches in Rome as it is about Romans 9: 1-5.

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August 20, 2014

August 11, 2014 @ 5:53 am

From the comments after the service, this Sermon may be described in the future as "The Carrot, Egg, Coffee" Sermon. We'll see.

The text is Romans 8: 12-25. Dense passage. When Marilyn and I were working on this, her comment was "there are about ten sermons in that." Yes. Grace Acosta, the Liturgist, also mentioned how dense it was.

I normally shy away from Romans for that reason, but the lectionary, if a little "out of cycle" (this was the reading for the third Sunday in July, not the second Sunday in August), but for some reason (the Holy Spirit?), the urge to adjust the cycle a little to give us five Sundays on Romans emerged.

Next week -- Romans 9: 1-5.

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August 3, 2014 — Romans 8: 1-11

August 3, 2014 @ 5:15 pm
This sermon "evolved" while I was away on vacation.  It started out with one set of thoughts, and this is what God provided.  
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