A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
God’s Love: Reason for Hope
This homily explores the rich, mysterious nature of God's love, our truest source of hope. God's love meets us in Jesus Christ the midst of our struggle with sin, sacrifice, and suffering.
God’s Beauty Evokes Our Joy
This article by John Navone reflects on the theological concept of beauty, noting that the beauty of creation reflects God's beauty. When humans contemplate it they are directed toward God, ultimately resulting in joy.
Begrudging God's pity
God uses the "parable of the gourd” in Jonah 3:10-4:11 to urge Jonah to see Nineveh as God does: as totally dependent on God and as a recipient of God’s pity.
A sermon starter on 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 96, Luke 7:1-10 and Galatians 1:1-12 about God's love and proclaiming God's love.
Praise and Thanks for God's Rescue from Suffering into Shalom
In Psalm 30, the Psalmist offers praise and thanks for God's rescue from suffering. Doug Bratt's sermon starter discusses evidence of God's attributes and work, including answering of prayer, anger, mercy, deliverance, power, and sovereignty.
This commentary on Jonah 3:1-5,10 suggests the key to preaching Jonah is to not get wrapped up in historical concerns. Jonah is a moral tale, designed to teach the audience something about themselves and God's grace.
God's Enduring Love
Preaching notes by Stan Mast on Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37: this Psalm is both an exaltation of "chesed" (God's enduring love) and an exposition of it. Included also are suggestions for sermon illustration.
God's Commitment to Us and Our Accountability to Him
Matt Skinner's commentary on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 cautions against using the passage for doctrinal sermons on the Trinity. Its heart, instead, is God's commitment to us and his call to us to be instruments of love.
God's Joke Book
In this sermon on Genesis 18:1-15, Jonathan Currier uses Sarah's response to the news that she would have a son to discuss the meaning of God's laughter.
God's Faithfulness in Joseph's Life
The story of Joseph is ultimately about the faithfulness of God. What God says, he does. What God promises, he always fulfills. And Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises.
In this essay, Peter Trahan wrestles with the problem of evil in light of God's providence. Evil exists, he argues, because preventing it would violate humanity's free will.
Full Text Hymns on God's Attributes
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Great God! thine attributes divinePD
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War and the Will of God
"The Almighty has His own purposes." These words and others recorded in history shed light on the theology of political leader, Abraham Lincoln, and how a nation wounded by civil war thought about God.
God's Promises of Deliverance
Placing Psalm 91 within the context of Book IV, this commentary by J. Clinton McCann on Psalm 91:9-16 discusses the nature and extent of God's promises of deliverance to people who "fully entrust themselves to God."
A sermon starter for Judges 4 that explores the repeating refrain of judgment on the Israelites the how good news of God’s invitation to join the covenant family is meant for all people.
Reflecting on Luke 10:21-24, Jon Budke writes that we need to remember our littleness on one hand and God’s pure, loving benevolence on the other to come to a true knowledge of Him.
The heavens declare the glory of God
Glenn Myers surveys the insights of many monastic writers about the revelation of God in nature. “The visible and temporal is a manifestation of the invisible and eternal” (Hildegard).
This commentary on Psalm 121 notes it as a Song of Ascent--a comforting psalm, presenting an ever-present and attentive God caring for God's people.
God's Heart and the Resurrection
Focusing on the significance of the resurrection amidst suffering and "dead hope," this Easter study guide by Kasey Hitt encourages group participants to practice witnessing to the resurrection and to contemplate God's "heart of love."
Believing God's Call
The biblical story of Moses and a message from Paul to the Romans show us why it’s possible to believe God’s call in our lives, even if it seems surprising or impossible.