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Human Wisdom and the Folly of the Cross Commentary/Exegesis by Taize Community http://www.taize.fr/en_article167.html?date=2005-07-01 Illustrating how Jesus' actions and teaching appear foolish by human standards of wisdom, this commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 explores the paradoxical dimensions of God's love and God's wisdom. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Taize Author: Taize Community

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A Message So Good as to Border on Folly Sermon (Complete) by Stephen E. Carlson http://day1.org/3817-a_message_so_good_as_to_border_on_folly In this sermon, the proclamation that "God is love" leads Christians to lift up love as the hidden key to life, now revealed in Jesus Christ--to practice love as an echo of the love of God,... Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Stephen E. Carlson

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Greed, Evil and Folly Sermon Illustration by Scott Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/?post_type=cfe-moviesforpreach&p=7428 In the film, "Fargo," Jerry Lundegaard attempts to get back at his father-in-law, and his plan goes terribly wrong. Scott Hoezee draws the themes of greed, evil, and folly from the movie in this sermon illustration. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Scott Hoezee

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The House of Wisdom Commentary/Exegesis by Sara Koenig https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=370 Commentary on Proverbs 9:1-6 by Sara Koenig, who notes various historical interpretations of the "seven pillars" of Wisdom's house, then contrasts Wisdom with Folly. "Dwelling with Wisdom" is a lifelong process that develops over a lifetime.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Sara Koenig

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Emmanuel Sermon Illustration by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/5536-weekly_sermon_illustration_emmanuel In this essay Frederick Beuchner engages other worldviews and faith as he reflects on the awe and wonder of Christmas, considering how Emmanuel, “God with us,” can seem like folly and yet answer our deepest longings. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: Frederick Buechner

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The Foolishness of the Cross Sermon (Complete) by Michael Pasquarello https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/the-foolishness-of-the-cross-michael-pasquarello/ Michael Pasquarello reflects on the contrast between human folly and God’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:1-9), Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s political context, and the “strange glory revealed in the weak suffering crucified Christ." Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Fuller Studio Author: Michael Pasquarello

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Rising Devotional by John Kavanaugh http://liturgy.slu.edu/Triduum2018B/theword_kavanaugh.html John Kavanaugh meditates on Jesus' death and resurrection with its background of salvation history, in which God persisted in redeeming humanity even in its sin and folly (Romans 6:1-10). Resource type: Devotional Source: The Sunday Website Author: John Kavanaugh

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God’s Perspective on Human Goodness Devotional by Mark D Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/gods-perspective-human-goodness Psalm 53 reminds us that we are all fools before God. But this bad news of human folly sets up the good news of the Gospel. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D Roberts

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Hate is Stupid Folly Devotional by John R Gunn http://day1.org/2160-hate_is_stupid_folly John Gunn reflects on 1 John 3:15: "Of all the dark passions that smite the human soul, hate is the darkest." Resource type: Devotional Source: Day1 Author: John R Gunn

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The Folly of Human Assumptions Sermon Illustration by John Ross Cranleigh http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1997/july/4626.html Highlighting themes of folly and foolishness, this sermon illustration uses the story of a woman who wrongfully assumed that another person was eating out of her cookie package to demonstrate the consequences of quick foolish assumptions. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Ross Cranleigh

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The Foolishness of the Father? Sermon Starter/Outline by Mark D. Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/foolishness-father Mark Roberts' sermon starter on the Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mark 12:1-12) observes that what may appear to be folly is actually "a demonstration of God’s matchless love and grace." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts

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Full Text Hymns on Folly This is Why I Love My SaviorPD
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Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-14 Sermon Starter/Outline by Stephen B. Reid https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2904 In reading the story of the healing of Naaman we must not overlook the unnamed, the unknowns but not silent slaves that bring the sole voice of theological reason to stories of imperial folly. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Stephen B. Reid

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Famous Painting Pictures Human Folly Sermon Illustration by Douglas Sean O'Donnell http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2011/december/2122611.html Hieronymus Bosch's famous painting is titled "Ship of Fools." It depicts human folly as twelve enjoy all the pleasures of this world without knowing where it all leads. They are sailing right to their demise---death. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Douglas Sean O'Donnell

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D.C. Trash Can Debacle, the Irish Pub Goes Global, and 2000 Wrong-Sized Trains Sermon Illustration by Paul Pastor https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2014/june/1060214.html Highlighting themes of integrity, human dignity, the Incarnation, folly, humility and humanity, this is a collection of sermon illustrations made from news stories about an anthropologist's year as a migrant worker, an Irish pub, and more. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Paul Pastor

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Jesus Freak Audio/Video by Sara Miles http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/jesus-freak In this video interview, Sara Miles talks about the nature, scandal, and folly of following after Christ while arguing that Jesus has a claim on us, not the other way around. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Sara Miles

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The Human One Audio/Video by Richard Rohr http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/the-human-one In this video, Richard Rohr shares his thoughts on the conflict and folly of the cross of Christ, suggesting that our own crosses take the form of unchosen suffering, injustice, and loss. (Length: 14:33) Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Richard Rohr

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Marriage in God's Name Sermon Illustration by Martin Luther http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1997/may/2419.html An illustration by Martin Luther about marriage, which "may not be treated as a matter of fun and folly. It is a hazardous matter and as serious as anything on earth can be." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Martin Luther

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Sermon Illustrations on Success Sermon Starter/Outline https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations-2/sermon-illustrations-success/ These sermon illustrations show us how we so often tie our value to our success, and the variety of pressures that the world will put on anyone, even the most famous and successful. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Pastor's Workshop

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Sermon Illustrations on Self-Awareness Sermon Illustration by Terry Linhart https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations-2/sermon-illustrations-self-awareness/ We all have blind spots, personality traits or quirks that we do not see clearly. These illustrations help us recognize the value of reflection to gain self awareness. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Pastor's Workshop Author: Terry Linhart

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