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Special Bible Readings from Thompson's Chain Reference The Thompson Chain-Reference system was devised by Dr. Frank C. Thompson in the early 1900s. This study resource is an index of special Bible readings from the Thompson's Chain-Reference. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: Blue Letter Bible Holy Week: Hear Our Prayer A congregational, pastoral prayer for Holy Week. Images of God's road and ours intertwine as we consider and pray for grateful hearts, helpful hands, and the grace to be Jesus' faithful companions. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst The Church as a Company of Nomads This article by Barry Harvey examines how early Christians, steeped in apocalyptic imagination of post-exilic Judaism, saw themselves as a company of nomads. Today's Church should celebrate the same vision through worship and service. Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Barry Harvey The Family: Expanded Sacrament Describing the sacrament of marriage as a means of participating in divine love, this article by John McDermott discusses the manifestation of love through commitment, self-emptying, procreation and family. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: John McDermott Refugee Children as the Rejected Christ-Child Explaining that Jesus is presented in the gospels as a marginal outsider to the world, this Christmas sermon by Ron Rolheiser on Luke 2:1-20 presents homeless refugee children as the Christ-Child today. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Ron Rolheiser Toward a Modern Day Jesus-Inspired Sexual Ethic What should a modern day, Jesus-inspired sexual ethic look like for Christians who aspire to follow Jesus? Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Chuck Queen Generous Humility and Compassion: A Servant Spirit The sixth mediation of seven on the mark of the Holy Spirit on the lives of Christians. Mark six is generous humility and compassion - a servant spirit. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Dale J. Cooper Within and Outside Our Gates Scott Hoezee discusses the imperative to welcome the stranger "within and outside our gates" as given in Leviticus 19:33-34 and how this imperative should inform our policy positions in the United States today. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Scott Hoezee Just Praise Christmas has come and now is gone. What do we do this post-Christmas Sunday? All that is left is praise, says Karoline Lewis in this article. Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: Karoline M. Lewis It's Not About You! This resource from The High Calling explores the link between faith and work. As we grow in Christ, we become less wrapped up in ourselves and more invested in the work of God's kingdom. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts 'Klan Whisperer' Dismantles White Supremacy through Conversation This sermon illustration for Proverbs 15:1, Matthew 5:44, or Luke 6:27-28 demonstrates how non-judgmental listening can break down walls, and relationships can soften hardheartedness between enemies. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Jelani Greenidge Moses’ Anger Mark D. Roberts reflects on Exodus 11:8, analyzing Moses’ compassionate anger toward Pharaoh's hard heart. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Our Need for Salvation in Life and Work Romans 1:18–32 teaches that when our relationship with God is broken, our relationships with other people also break down. We encounter these broken relationships in our work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Theology of Work Project | Author: John Lewis Judah's Compassion Judah knew how much his father would suffer if Benjamin were seized, and he had compassion for his father. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Sin Insulation Commenting on the repugnant sins of Biblical figures in Exodus 32:7-14, 2 Samuel 11, 12, Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10, Christine D. Pohl discusses the difficulty of self-identifying sins in one's life. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: The Christian Century | Author: Christine D. Pohl Who We Are A reflection on Luke 10:25-37 challenging a religion that is obsessed with ritual obligations and blind to human suffering. Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Century | Author: Patrick J. Willson Perfectionism Gone Awry An illustration by F. Forrester Church, published by Christianity Today, appropriate for John 9:41 and Matthew 7:3. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: F. Forrester Church The Good Samaritan — Seeing & Doing Even though the parable of the Good Samaritan is often interpreted in a moralistic way, this passage is not about clear-cut rules to follow, but rather about receiving new vision through faith. Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: David J. Lose “EMOTION!” Screamed the Calm Voice of Reason A key to powerful preaching is maintaining the tension between head and heart. Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: Nathan Aaseng I Want to Feel Again "Here's the problem of cynicism. If we are calloused, we believe everyone is." Tod Bolsinger reflects on the importance of moving from callousness to compassion so that we don't end up wounding others. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Tod Bolsinger
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