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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark D. Roberts reflects on Exodus 11:8, analyzing Moses’ compassionate anger toward Pharaoh's hard heart.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Perfectionism Gone Awry
... niggardliness; honesty, cruelty; self-respect, vainglory; knowledge, condescension; justice, heartlessness; temperance, aridity; chastity, barrenness ... " A quote suitable for ...
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.
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.
Judah knew how much his father would suffer if Benjamin were seized, and he had compassion for his father.
"...the mayor ordering the homeless to go home." A quotation from Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts about the Sixties by Peter Collier and David Horowitz that illustrates the gap between the politician and homeless people.
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.
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.
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.
Who We Are
A reflection on Luke 10:25-37 challenging a religion that is obsessed with ritual obligations and blind to human suffering.