Circumcision and the Crucifixion
This Catholic article looks at circumcision as more than the cutting itself. God also refers to circumcision of the heart, and Moses of the lips.
Sermons on Marriage, Fame, and more
John Eckert preaches on marriage from Mark 10:2-16, on the rich young man from Mark 10:17-30, on fame from Mark 10:35-45 and on Bartimaeus from Mark 10:46-52.
Jesus Had a Beard
Recalling a pastoral conversation between a minister and an old member of the parish about Jesus and the appropriateness of growing a beard, this sermon illustration by Kenneth Carter demonstrates hardheartedness in leadership and intergenerational issues.
The Church as a Company of Nomads
This article by Barry Harvey examines how early Christians, steeped in the 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.
A Servant Spirit
The sixth mediation of seven on the marks of the Holy Spirit on the lives of Christians according to English Puritan Christians. Mark six is generous humility and compassion - a servant spirit.
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.
Mark D. Roberts reflects on Exodus 11:8, analyzing Moses’ compassionate anger toward Pharaoh's hard heart.
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.
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.
The Good Samaritan
This commentary on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) argues that while this parable is often interpreted in a moralistic way, it's true focus is about receiving new vision through faith.
'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 how relationships can soften hardheartedness between enemies.
Judah knew how much his father would suffer if Benjamin were seized, and he had compassion for his father.
Why Not You?
Thomas Lane Butts observes that Jesus seldom used generalities when addressing societal ills or individual sins. There is a frightening particularity that runs like a thread through the whole Bible: Why not you?
Audio Commentary on Matthew 18
Forgiveness is designed to open up a future that the past has closed off. A podcast on the nature and importance of forgiveness in Matthew 18:15-35.
The Stone the Builders Rejected
This podcast is a commentary on Mark 12:1-12 that illustrates the depth of our own resistance to the graciousness of God.
At the Mineralogical Museum
Hardness has advantages. It can be beautiful, like gems and stones and minerals. It is safe - rocks are unaffected by the weather. So why does God replace our stony hearts with soft ones of flesh?
Dealing with Obstinacy
In this devotional on Acts 19:8-9, Kenneth Samuel draws insights from the Apostle Paul on how we can respond when we are faced with obstinate rejection to the Gospel.
Visually Impaired Woman Ignores Her Guide Dog
This sermon illustration tells about a visually impaired woman who resisted the repeated warnings of her loyal and protective guide dog.
German Christians Sang Hymns While Jews Were Hauled Away
This is a sermon illustration about a German Christian's feeling of guilt for having sung hymns in Nazi Germany to drown out the sounds of Jewish prisoners being transported, instead of doing something to intervene.
Believing Is More than Seeing
This reflection suggests that, like the blind man in John 9, we need our eyes opened to see Jesus for who he really is. Read on to consider how Christ changes the way we see everything.