Search ResultsThe Entrapment of Flattery This sermon starter introduces questions to begin a study of Jesus interaction with the Pharisees in Matthew 22:15-22. Hezekiah’s Weaknesses Commenting on Isaiah 39:1-2, Mark Roberts notes that for all his faith and piety, King Hezekiah of Judah displayed weaknesses of pride and openness to flattery that endangered his kingdom. “Honorable and holy” This excerpt from Heinrich Bullinger’s (1504-1575), "Der Christlich Eestand" (Christian Marriage), provides insight into the roles of women and their lives in Reformation-era Protestant families. Here, Bullinger describes marriage as "honorable and holy." Paying Taxes to Caesar This sermon starter reflects on the story of Jesus being tested by the Pharisees about paying taxes. Violence Undone In this interview, James Alison discusses nihilism, violence, and creation. The Formation of Priests: Knowledge and Sanctity This Catholic essay argues that the historic concern for good priests assumes that the Church has needed, and continues to need, effective seminaries and programs of formation. M Is for the Many Things Alyce McKenzie offers a Mother’s Day sermon in which she paints a picture of God’s wisdom, which provides encouragement and strength for those overburdened by the tasks Wisdom fulfills in Proverbs 31. The Messenger: What Manner of Man? Ernest Campbell lectures on the person of the preacher. Can the preacher say of his or her congregation, "I know the sheep, and the sheep know me?" Can we allow ourselves to be known? Go Another Way 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. The Festival of Nativity Epiphany "completes the season of Christmas by inviting us to discern the identity of the Christ child." Adult Sunday School Lesson / study guide about traditions surrounding the Festival of Epiphany. Liturgical elements and study questions... Flattery Like Gum This sermon illustration is a humorous one-line quotation about flattery and how we should receive it. Pressed into Service In this article on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Daniel Harrell reflects on how Paul uses shame, flattery, and fear to urge generous giving. Full Text Hymns on Flattery The Saint's Safety and Hope in evil Times: Or, Sins of the Tongue complained of, viz. Blasphemy, Falshood, etc.PD
Practical Atheism exposed; or, the Being and Attributes of God assertedPD
Complaint of a general Corruption of Manners; or, The Promise and Signs of Christ's coming in JudgementPD
See more hymns... Home By Another Way These sermon notes for Matthew 2:12 explore the implications of Christmas for work. With an incarnational understanding of Christmas, how might we might approach our work in new and different ways? The Probing Power of Remembrance This sermon on Psalm 78 by Cullen Story focuses on the power and importance of remembrance. This resource includes both an audio recording and a full transcript of the sermon. Home by Another Way This detailed sermon outline by Dave Williamson on Matthew 2 and 7 explores possible implications of Christmas for work. The Incarnation influences and shapes our understanding of the purpose and manner of our work. Morals, Deeds, and Salvation This podcast reflects on Luke 18:18-30, suggesting that God is so overwhelmingly generous that no sacrifice you could imaginably make in order to follow Jesus would fail to be repaid tenfold or even a hundredfold. Unreserved Dedication to Christ's Cause Explaining that our success during change lies in advancing Christ's Kingdom, this audio sermon by George W. Truett on Romans 12:1 and 2 Chronicles 29:27 encourages listeners to dedicate their lives to Christ and Christ's cause. Teaching and Preaching; Priests, Payment and the Pharisees Scriptural exegesis of Malachi 1:14-2:30; Psalm 131:1-3; Matthew 23:1-12;1 Thessalonians 2:7-13 on the fatherhood of God and priests; resting on God as on one's mother's breast; paying ministers; preaching; and the denunciation of the Pharisees. Self-Delusions Our culture tells us to focus on oneself as the source all truth, while the apostle Paul tells us that fixating on self only makes us slaves to sin. The Good Shepherd Paulos Mar Gregorios preaches on the theme of Christ as the "Door of the Sheep" and "the Good Shepherd" in Ezekiel 34:11-16 and John 10:1-15.