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A Surprising Beatitude - Dashing the Little Ones upon the Rock This Catholic article applies Psalm 137:9 to the Church’s sex-abuse scandal, suggesting that we must dash the full range of our passions against the grace of the life-giving Rock. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Kevin M. Clarke Frederick Buechner on Avarice A quotation from Frederick Buechner on avarice. He says, "The more you give away in love, the more you are." Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Frederick Buechner Harmony as God Intended Reflecting on Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 4:6-9, and Matthew 21:33-43, this resource warns about choosing avarice over virtue. It encourages us to use our free will to fulfill God's original design for this world. Resource type: Article | Source: Connect! Sunday Reflection | Author: Mark Suslenko Discovering Our True Identity "Consumerism, as a charter-cultivating way of life, encourages the least attractive human traits - avarice, aggression, and self-centeredness..." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Mark S. Medley Dorothy Sayers and the Other Six Deadly Sins Society has turned myopic eye to focus on lust alone as the sign of immorality. The other six, and in particular the vices of avarice, envy, sloth, and pride, are ignored or lifted up as virtue. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: James Bratt Setting Free the Flesh Reflecting on Matthew 11:25-30, John Kavanaugh writes that the flesh-bound mind is powerless to escape the yoke of lust, violence, and avarice. However, Paul knew that the body inspirited could become a temple of eternal promise. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: John F. Kavanaugh For He Had Great Possessions This late 19th century painting by George Frederic Watts depicts the young ruler from Matthew 19:16–30, Mark 10:17–31, and Luke 18:18–30. Resource type: Image | Source: tate.org.uk | Author: George Frederic Watts Generosity This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 12:13-21 reflects on greed, urging a generosity that forces us to open our hearts rather than to close them. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: A Plain Account Commentary on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:[3b-6] 17-19 Juliana Claassens writes on Habbakkuk and reminds us that God listens to the oppressed and ends unjust abuses of power. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Juliana Claassens Back from the Brothel An illustration by Philip Yancey, quoting C.S. Lewis on the problem of avarice among the religious and prosperous. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Philip Yancey Full Text Hymns on Avarice Let avarice from shore to shorePD
Our Father, Thou in Heaven AbovePD
How bless'd the upright in the way!PD
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Good People Keep Good Rules This blog post gives pointers for teaching children from the Lectionary passages (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalms 15, 45:1-2, 6-9; 51; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27) and offers resources for planning worship. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Transformative Preachers: Hildegard of Bingen and Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney This article about Hildegard of Bingen and Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney examines their ministries as transformative preachers, and catalysts for change in the time in which they lived. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Deacon Bill Smith Patient with our quiet Hope The rich are getting richer, while the poor suffer. When injustice, inequity, and unfairness seems to reign, we are called as Christians to have "quiet hope" knowing that God's got it covered. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Scott E. Hoezee Eschatology and Eucharistic Adoration Christopher Malloy argues that Eucharistic adoration and a theologically articulate eschatology can join together in a most fruitful union. Christian hope aims at this multi-dimensional communion with God, with humanity, and the earth. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Christopher J. Malloy Pope Francis treats homeless to pizza and swim at the beach In this article, Josephine McKenna features the story of pope Francis providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them and his effort to make such generosity the defining witness of the church. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Josephine McKenna Watch Night In this article, the African American Lectionary offers resources to plan a Watch Night service to usher out the old year and welcome the dawning of a new year. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: Nolan Williams, Jr. A Dangerous Book Habakkuk has been banned for critiquing governments. In Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19 can show why, crying out against injustice, begging for deliverance, and being promised it. But sometimes that deliverance can take decades to appear. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Juliana Claassens The Seven Deadly Sins and Spiritual Formation A description of a curriculum which engages students in spiritual formation, helping them to diagnose the sins, remove barriers, and replace them with new habits of thought and feeling. Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
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