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Topical Study on Epiphany Often the content of our Christmas celebration is shaped by what we do with the weeks following Christmas. Churches that observe Christmas as a standalone event may find it difficult to get past the sentimentality of seeing a cute, mild-natured baby in the manger. But the incarnation involves much more... Epiphany Insights Article by Edward Markquart http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1869 Article by Edward Markquart Topics: Epiphany , Preparation , Sermon , Scripture Reading Source: Working Preacher This article is a collection of exegetical insights on Scripture readings for the six Sundays of Epiphany in which the author argues that the best resource for a sermon is the preacher's own Spirit-filled imagination. Epiphany in Missional Churches Article by Joan Huyser-Honig http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/epiphany-in-missional-churches Article by Joan Huyser-Honig Topics: Epiphany , Evangelism , Worship , Community Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Learn why missional churches are deciding that Epiphany is a lot more than a fuss about wise men. A feature story exploring the importance of celebrating Epiphany, especially in missional churches. Let Your Light So Shine Audio/Video by David J. Lose http://www.workingpreacher.org/brainwave.aspx?podcast_id=361 Audio/Video by David J. Lose Topics: Epiphany , Light , Gift , Cross Source: Working Preacher A podcast conversation on the Lectionary texts for Epiphany: Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7&10-14, Isaiah 60:1-6, and Ephesians 3:1-12. Ideas include: Let Your Light So Shine, Unwrapping the Gift, and Keeping the Celebration Going. Have We Met the Magi? Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Hamm http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyB010718/theword_hamm.html Commentary/Exegesis by Dennis Hamm Topics: Epiphany , Gentiles , Israel , Light Source: The Sunday Website "How are we to enable Christ to be a light to the nations today?" This is the question Dennis Hamm wants to raise in his exposition of Matthew 2:1-12. Spiritual but not Religious Sermon (Complete) by Robert Barron https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/spiritual-and-religious/4595/ Sermon (Complete) by Robert Barron Topics: Epiphany , Magi , Spiritualism , Spirituality Source: Word on Fire An audio recording of a sermon by Robert Barron on Matthew 2:1-12. Barron identifies the key difference between Christian faith and vague spirituality as the direct encounter with a personal God, which the Magi experience. Why Does Matthew Insist on Calling Jesus a King? Article by Greg Carey https://www.christiancentury.org/article/living-word/january-6-epiphany-matthew-21-12 Article by Greg Carey Topics: Epiphany , Judgment , Herod , King Source: The Christian Century Greg Carey notes that Matthew stresses kings and kingdoms. The account of the Magi makes clear Jesus is the savior all the nations. In contrast to Herod, Jesus defines true royalty that is authoritative yet humble. Go Another Way Sermon (Complete) by B. Wiley Stephens http://day1.org/482-go_another_way Sermon (Complete) by B. Wiley Stephens Topics: Trust , Calling/Vocation , God's Will , Listening to God Source: Day1 B. Wiley Stephens encourages us to take "the road less traveled" by listening to God's leading. Stephens looks at the story of the magi (Matthew 2:1-12) and the path they chose to take. Innocence in the Midst of Evil Devotional by John Foley http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyB010718/reflections_foley.html Devotional by John Foley Topics: Epiphany , Herod , Light , Magi Source: The Sunday Website John Foley calls the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:1-12) "a classic story about innocence in the midst of evil." It is also about hope because we can look to the light of the Christ child. Singing Songs Commentary/Exegesis by Susan Hylen https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=376 Commentary/Exegesis by Susan Hylen Topics: Wisdom , Praise , Holy Spirit Source: Working Preacher Susan Hylen's commentary focuses on how Ephesians 5:15-20 integrates general, philosophical wisdom with a life that is characterized by constant praise to the Lord. This is a form of Christian wisdom. In-Between Sermon Starter/Outline by Stan Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/lent-5c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Starter/Outline by Stan Mast Topics: Lent , Psalms , Thanksgiving Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Sermon starter by Stan Mast on Psalm 126 explores the "in-between" tension that Israelites had and suggests three specific things we can do as we live in the tension of the "already by not yet." The Role of the Church According to Ephesians Commentary/Exegesis by Susan Hylen https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=379 Commentary/Exegesis by Susan Hylen Topics: Faith , Church , Prayer , Evil Source: Working Preacher Ephesians 6:10-20 reworks biblical imagery to declare that through faith and prayer, the body of Christ/the Church, takes an active role with God in pursuing God's righteousness and justice "against the spiritual forces of evil." The Way Things Are Sermon Starter/Outline by Eleonore Stump http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyA16/reflections_stump.html Sermon Starter/Outline by Eleonore Stump Topics: Jesus , Crucifixion , Sin, evil , God's Love Source: The Sunday Website A reflection on Matthew 2:1-12. God will call God's people and shepherd them—but God will not force them to omit evil. God protects baby Jesus who is God’s best hope of healing for human evil. Full Text Hymns on epiphany Epiphany Carol©
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A New Way Sermon (Complete) by Richard J. Ounsworth http://torch.op.org/torch/a-new-way Sermon (Complete) by Richard J. Ounsworth Topics: Epiphany , Magi , Faith Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars This homily for epiphany examines how the lives of the Magi must have been changed by their encounter with Jesus Christ. God's glory breaks in Commentary/Exegesis by Dirk G. Lange https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1549 Commentary/Exegesis by Dirk G. Lange Topics: Epiphany , Glory , Revelation Source: Working Preacher Commenting on Isaiah 60:1-6, Dirk Lange emphasizes that God's glory comes as an abrupt shift from the gloomy setting of Isaiah 58-59 and is not dependent on the people repenting first. King of the Jews? Sermon Starter/Outline by The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University http://liturgy.slu.edu/EpiphanyA16/theword_working.html Sermon Starter/Outline by The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University Topics: Epiphany , Sermon , Gentiles , Jesus Source: The Sunday Website This brief commentary from the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University offers insight on Jesus being King of the Jews from Matthew 2:1-2 and Christ coming for everyone from Ephesians 3:6. Paul's Prayer, Doxology, and Benediction Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-12b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Prayer , Love , Power , Holy Spirit Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays the Ephesians receive power to grasp the almost ungraspable/immeasurable dimensions of Christ's love so that they might be filled up to the very brim of their lives with God’s own fullness. People who want to be included Commentary/Exegesis by Joanna Harader https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2015-12/people-who-want-be-included Commentary/Exegesis by Joanna Harader Topics: Church , Mystery , Gentiles , Messiah Source: The Christian Century Joanna Harader's reflection on Ephesians 3:6-8 discusses a two-fold mystery: that gentiles were welcomed as fellow heirs in the community of the Jewish Messiah; and that gentiles wanted to be included. Whose Side Are We On? Sermon (Complete) by Barkley Thompson http://day1.org/5466-whose_side_are_we_on Sermon (Complete) by Barkley Thompson Topics: Epiphany , Magi , Sermon Source: Day1 In his sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, Barkley Thompson offers a fascinating take on this well-known story of the visit of the magi, who were possibly spies not only for their own land but for King Herod.... Hungering for the Truth Sermon (Complete) by Timothy Radcliffe O.P. http://torch.op.org/torch/hungering-for-the-truth Sermon (Complete) by Timothy Radcliffe O.P. Topics: Truth , Desire , Magi Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars Timothy Radcliffe draws us all along on the journey of the magi (Matthew 2:1-12) in search of the truth found in Jesus Christ, the one in whom all of humankind's hunger for truth is sated. No other gospel Commentary/Exegesis by Mary Hinkle Shore https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1744 Commentary/Exegesis by Mary Hinkle Shore Topics: Resurrection , Gospel , Circumcision , Revelation Source: Working Preacher Commenting on Galatians 1:1-12, Mary Hinkle Shore discusses Paul's emphasis that neither his status as an apostle nor the gospel he preached was of human origin - they came directly from Christ.

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