Resources on Debra Dean Murphy

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Suffering and Abundance Article by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/08/suffering-and-abundance/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Suffering , Kingdom of God , Community Source: Ekklesia Project In this reflection on John 10:4, Debra Dean Murphy reminds us that the abundant life God has in store for us isn't a life of comfort but rather a life shared with those in need. The Shepherd Who Feeds Us Image by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2012/07/the-shepherd-who-feeds-us/ Image by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Food , Shepherd , Peace , Church Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy writes on shepherd Jesus and the connection between food and Communion at the heart of the gospel from Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Mark 6:30-34; 53:56. Camel Hair and the Christ Child Sermon Starter/Outline by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/12/camel-hair-and-the-christ-child/ Sermon Starter/Outline by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Advent , Light , John the Baptist , Christian Calendar Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on Advent, John the Baptist, good news for the oppressed, delayed gratification, and “the coming upside-down kingdom,” from Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8, 19-28. Strangers and Other Gifts Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/08/strangers-and-other-gifts/ Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Hospitality , Christian , Gift , Stranger Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on Christian hospitality: "just when we think we are offering hospitality to a stranger...the stranger herself turns out to be Christ in disguise, ministering to us." The Liturgies We Live By Article by Debra Dean Murphy https://onbeing.org/blog/the-liturgies-we-live-by/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Easter , Liturgy , Resurrection Source: On Being Debra Dean Murphy discusses different liturgical songs and poems in preparation of Holy Week, a reflection on the drama of the Easter story through poetry, music, and history. Why We Risk Hospitality on Halloween Article by Debra Dean Murphy https://onbeing.org/blog/debra-dean-murphy-why-we-risk-hospitality-on-halloween/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Hospitality , Saints , Tradition Source: On Being This article by Debra Dean Murphy challenges Christians to open their doors for hospitality on Halloween, instead of being shut-in Christians on that day. Wisdom and Folly Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/11/wisdom-and-folly/ Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Parables , Vengeance , Kingdom of God , Gift Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on Matthew 25:1-13, which is a parable that teaches wisdom, not so that we can fence people out, but rather so that we can all welcome the gift of the Kingdom. The Politics of Ascension Article by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2010/05/ascension-sunday/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Politics , Church , Ascension , Power Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy says that the ascension of Jesus (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) makes possible the life of the church, which is "empowered to be his worshiping, witnessing body here and now." The Hell of Loneliness Sermon Starter/Outline by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2013/09/the-hell-of-loneliness/ Sermon Starter/Outline by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Suffering , Poverty , Parable , Wealth Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy sees Jesus' story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) as "a summons to worship the God of abundance," which would lead to connections between people that result in mutual flourishing. Do You Believe in the Resurrection? Image by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/08/do-you-believe-in-the-resurrection/ Image by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Faith , Resurrection , Doubt , Belief Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on the resurrection and Kathleen Norris’ statement that to believe is what we give our hearts to, not what our heads think; doubt is a precondition for faith. Snorting at Death Article by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2011/04/snorting-at-death/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Death , Jesus , Resurrection , Journey Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy observes that the story of Jesus raising Lazarus (John 11:1-45), in which Jesus in his agitation "snorted" at death, prefigures the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Psalms for the Journey Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2009/02/psalms-for-the-journey/ Devotional by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Congregation , Singing , Emotion , Journey Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy observes that the Psalms are appropriate for Lent because they convey the full range of human feelings. Also included is the poem “We Will Not Keep Silent,” by Walter Brueggemann. The Logic of the Incarnation Commentary/Exegesis by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2011/12/the-logic-of-the-incarnation/ Commentary/Exegesis by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Christmas , Incarnation , Tyranny , Refugees Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy says that considering together two contrasting Christmas accounts, Luke 2:1-14 and John 1:1-14, gives a fuller understanding of Jesus' "pitching his tent among us." What Is There to Say? Article by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2014/04/what-is-there-to-say/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Easter , Preaching , Resurrection , Sermon Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on the difficult task of preaching on Easter. Rather than trying to say the right thing, Murphy suggests trying to offer a picture of Christ. Differing Abilities Service Outline by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/188195.pdf Service Outline by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Differing Abilities , John , Worship Planning , Service Source: The Christian Reflection Project A worship service outline with the theme of disability based on the gospel reading from John 9:35-41. King and the Kingdom Article by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2009/01/king-and-the-kingdom/ Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Justice , Power , Economics , Social Justice Source: Ekklesia Project Debra Dean Murphy reflects on the more radical legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero, who both challenged economic injustice. Membered and Remembered Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/224669.pdf Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz Topics: Church Membership , Study , Ephesians , Gift Source: The Christian Reflection Project A bible study guide for adults on the theme of church membership based on Ephesians 2:19-22 and Wendell Berry's fiction about "the Port William membership." Includes liturgical elements and study questions. Getting Creative With the Creation Sermon Starter/Outline by D. Brent Laytham https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/sundays-coming/getting-creative-creation-genesis-11-24a Sermon Starter/Outline by D. Brent Laytham Topics: Creation , Genesis , Poetry , Hymn Source: The Christian Century This sermon starter by D. Brent Laytham on Genesis 1:1-2:4 discusses how to utilize poems and hymns in presenting a theologically Orthodox sermon on Creation. Eucharistic Living Article by Debra Dean Murphy https://www.christiancentury.org/article/faith-matters/west-virginia-teachers-strike-made-new-space-eucharistic-living Article by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Justice , Eucharist , Food , Children Source: The Christian Century This article tells of a church that fed food-insecure kids while teachers were on strike, suggesting that the work of justice flowed outward from the table in Eucharistic living. More Entertainment or the Gospel? Article by Jenny Williams https://www.faithandleadership.com/jenny-williams-more-entertainment-or-gospel Article by Jenny Williams Topics: Wisdom , Church , Technology Source: Faith and Leadership Using “Idiocracy” and “Fahrenheit 451” as a starting point, the church is called to evaluate the role of technology in the church and proceed with wisdom.

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