Resources on Martin B. Copenhaver

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Saying is believing Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2010-08/saying-believing Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Ordination , Calling/Vocation , Obedience Source: The Christian Century A reflection by Martin B. Copenhaver that examines a brief variety of passages in relationship to one's calling. The author also provides an illustration of pastors describing their calls into ministry. Holy Places Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4694-martin_copenhaver_holy_places Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Illustration , God's Presence Source: Day1 Protestants often pooh-pooh the whole notion of holy places, but there are places we experience as holy. Martin B. Copenhaver shares one of those special places for him in this sermon illustration for Genesis 28:10-17. Chariot of Fire Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.religion-online.org/article/chariot-of-fire-2-kg-21-12/ Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Calling , Spirit , Elijah (Biblical prophet) , Elisha Source: Religion Online Martin Copenhaver compares wearing his father's pulpit gown in being installed as a pastor, to Elisha's receiving a double share of Elijah's spirit as the latter was carried into heaven (2 Kings 2:1-12). God's Holy Fools Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/6801-martin_copenhaver_gods_holy_fools Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Awareness of God , Humility , Miracles , Sign Source: Day1 Martin Copenhaver calls Jesus' disciples God's Holy Fools because they were so slow to understand the significance of miracles (Mark 8:14-21). But he admits that "I miss miracles-signs that point to God-every day." We Need More Saints Article by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4082-martin_copenhaver_we_need_more_saints Article by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Sanctification, holiness , Saints Source: Day1 In this reflection on Ephesians 6:18-20, Martin Copenhaver explains the value of recognizing other examples of faith besides those who are very often mentioned. What shall I call you? Book Quote by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.faithandleadership.com/what-shall-i-call-you Book Quote by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Pastor , Relationship , Ecclesiastical Authority , Identity Source: Faith and Leadership In this excerpt from the book, "This Odd and Wondrous Calling," Martin Copenhaver ponders the titles used by and bestowed upon clergy, nothing how each title used refers to a different relationship or source of authority.... Home Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4631-martin_copenhaver_home Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Awareness of God , Longing , Contentment , Peace Source: Day1 Martin Copenhaver relates our feelings of security at the thought of home to our relationship as it should be with God. God's Perfume Sermon Starter/Outline by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4154-martin_copenhaver_gods_perfume Sermon Starter/Outline by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Work of Jesus Christ , God's Presence , Witness , Daily Living Source: Day1 Martin Copenhaver provides insight and examples of why Paul's description of Christians as "aromas of Christ to God" in 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 is a powerful illustration for us today. Two Stories of Forgiveness Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4573-martin_copenhaver_two_stories_of_forgiveness Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Forgiveness , Prayer , Crime , Reconciliation Source: Day1 Using Matthew 5:43-45, Copenhaver provides two examples of forgiving your enemy. One from C.S. Lewis and the other from the New York Times about a boy who murdered his girlfriend. Being Available 24/6 Article by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4883-martin_copenhaver_being_available_246 Article by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Work , Remember the Sabbath , Sabbath , Busyness Source: Day1 In our society's addiction to busyness, it's essential for Christians to make God a priority. Copenhaver reflects on the Sabbath using Isaiah 58:13-14. Starting Over Article by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2006-02/starting-over Article by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Baptism , Sin , Violence , Baptism of Christ Source: The Christian Century In this article on Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15, and 1 Peter 3:18-22, Martin B. Copenhaver reminds us that both the flood story and baptism remind us that we stand in need of God’s cleansing. Cloud of Witnesses Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2010-08/cloud-witnesses Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Church , Witness , Ministry Source: The Christian Century In this article, useful as a sermon illustration, Martin B. Copenhaver reflects on his experiences as a young pastor, encountering the elderly "cloud of witnesses" in his first church. Reluctant prophets Sermon Starter/Outline by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2010-08/reluctant-prophets Sermon Starter/Outline by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Ministry , Preaching , Obedience , Calling Source: The Christian Century Martin Copenhaver's reflection on Jeremiah 1:4-10 observes the effects of sensing an undeniable call from God. The call drives one to move ahead in the face of supposedly logical reasons for not accepting it. Ancient Monasteries Practiced Radical Hospitality Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/february/6021516.html Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Hospitality , Rule of St. Benedict Source: Preaching Today Martin B. Copenhaver explains monastic hospitality in the Rule of St. Benedict and invites us to examine how we respond to strangers who knock on the door of our church, home or life. Cheerful Givers Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4580-martin_copenhaver_cheerful_givers Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Joy , Tithing , Devotion Source: Day1 Reflecting on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, this devotional argues that cheer and joy will be a natural result of giving because giving is acting in accordance with God's intentions for our lives. What's to Become of the Double-Minded? Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4061-martin_copenhaver_whats_to_become_of_the_doubleminded Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Wisdom , Discernment , Conviction , Devotion Source: Day1 This devotional on Psalm 119:113-128 reflects on the Psalmist's wisdom to weigh options wisely but ultimately commit in the face of many difficult decisions. But Can You Dance to It? Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4234-martin_copenhaver_but_can_you_dance_to_it Sermon Illustration by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Joy , Sloth, despondency , Illustration Source: Day1 In this sermon illustration on Luke 7:24-35, the experience of a Junior High Dance and its noncommittal teenagers is related to the experience of noncommittal Christians who will never experience the true joy of the church.... Remember Me? Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/6878-martin_copenhaver_remember_me Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: God's Love , Isaiah , Promises of God, The Source: Day1 We are what God remembers. Martin Copenhaver's reflection on Isaiah 49:14-18 reminds us of God's promise and teaches us what is most important, what ensures our personhood, is that we are remembered by God. Whispered in Your Ear Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver http://day1.org/4820-martin_copenhaver_whispered_in_your_ear Devotional by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Baptism , Baptism of Christ , Devotion , Belonging Source: Day1 Reflecting on Matthew 3:13-17, this devotional describes Jesus Christ's baptism as a new birth narrative and relates it to how we rename ourselves as God's during the practice of baptism. The Worst of All Jobs Article by Martin B. Copenhaver https://www.faithandleadership.com/worst-all-jobs-and-yet Article by Martin B. Copenhaver Topics: Ministry , Job , Pastor , Calling/Vocation Source: Faith and Leadership What makes this work worth doing? This article suggests a sense of call is central to the pastoral vocation. While it can be the worst of all jobs, it is the most glorious of all vocations.

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