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Human Wisdom and the Folly of the Cross 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 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 Welcome his folly into our lives The Passion is full of ironies. A high priest has Jesus recognized as messiah, a governor has him recognized as king, yet each looks for his crucifixion. In Mark 14:1-15:47 Jesus is enthroned upon a cross. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Sermons That Work Author: Charles Hoffacker The House of Wisdom 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 The Foolishness of the Cross 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 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 Rising 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 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 God’s Perspective on 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 Genesis 1 within the Faith-Science Debate What are we going to do with Genesis 1? James Mead suggests that a serious and faithful engagement with the creation story will demonstrate the folly of pitting science and the Bible against each other. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: James K. Mead The Folly of Human Assumptions 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 Famous Painting Pictures Human Folly 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 Full Text Hymns on Folly This is Why I Love My SaviorPD
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Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-14 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 Luther: The Daily Gift of New Life Martin Marty discusses Martin Luther's concept of the new birth as a daily practice of repentance and new commitment "to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.” Resource type: Devotional Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Martin E. Marty Marriage in God's Name 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 The Cost of Pilgrimage This article writes about Richard Baxter's unrealized wish for a national church that would embrace all English Christians and the persecution he faced. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: John Coffey D.C. Trash Can Debacle, the Irish Pub Goes Global, and 2000 Wrong-Sized Trains 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 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 In the Know Second-century Gnosticism is surprisingly popular today. David M. Scholer helps us defend against this heresy by summarizing its history and doctrines in this article. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: David M. Scholer 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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