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Predestination! Commenting on Paul's statement that God "destined us for adoption" (Ephesians 1:5), Mark Roberts says the intent is not to expound a certain theology of predestination; rather, the passage is a eulogy encouraging us to worship. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Predestination Bertram Atwood’s sermon on predestination uses Romans 8:14-19, 22, 23, 26-30 reflects on God working within creation through the Holy Spirit and not as an outside manipulator. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: Bertram Atwood What is Best This sermon starter for Romans 8:26-39 reflects on prayer and predestination, suggesting a sermon that affirms that in the trials of life we can know that we are held secure by Christ. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Thad H. Carter The Doctrine of Predestination in Retrospect In this audio sermon Warren Lee discusses predestination as a retrospective way of seeing God's work in our lives, a perspective that engenders a spirit of gratitude, humility, and hope. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: Warren Lee Chosen in Christ Kyle Fever sees Paul's concept of predestination in Ephesians 1:3-14 not as exclusivist but as "God’s preordained welcoming of the once outsider Gentiles" in Christ. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Kyle Fever Ephesians 1:3-14 sermon starter In this season of Christmas Stan Mast shows that Ephesians calls us to be mindful of all of the blessings we have received in Christ, particularly noted is election and predestination. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Stanley Mast "When God Made Me" This article contains both the lyrics and music video to Neil Young's "When God Made Me"—a song that asks questions about peace, oppression, racism, life, predestination, God's will, and creation. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship | Author: Neil Young Back To The Future 3: What The Future Brings In this movie clip from "Back to the Future 3," Doc reasons between the impulses of his heart and head as he contemplates free will, predestination, and determinism. This video illustrates Calvinist and Arminian reasoning. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: WingClips | Author: Robert Zemeckis Grasping Election and Free Will This illustration is about reconciling predestination and free will by likening them to two ropes going through two holes in the ceiling and over a pulley above. In order to support oneself, one clings to both. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John Morren The Blasphemy of Predestination An illustration by John Wesley, published by Christianity Today, appropriate for Acts 15:11, 1 Timothy 1:4, Romans 3:24, and 2 other similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John Wesley Full Text Hymns on Predestination The Vision of dry BonesPD
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Praise Be Unto Our GodPD
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The Risen Christ Calls the Shots This resource provides texts and outline for an Easter Sunday service. The material can be adapted for use as a Mother's Day sermon if preferable.     Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries | Author: United Methodist Church - Discipleship Ministries "The Adjustment Bureau" and Free Will Bruce Reyes-Chow discusses and reviews the movie "The Adjustment Bureau". This then brings him into the discussion of the topics of "free will" and "predestination". Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Bruce Reyes-Chow Jesus the Servant Reginald Fuller provides thoughtful commentary on lectionary readings (Isaiah 49:5-6; 53; John 1:29-34; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; Hebrews 10:5-10) highlighting themes of Jesus as a servant and the universal church. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Reginald H. Fuller The New Calvinism In some Southern Baptist churches there has been a revival of interest in Calvinism, the theology of the 16th-century reformer John Calvin, who also had a great influence on colonial America. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly | Author: Bob Faw Catholics: Some of our Members Are Wandering Away! This Catholic article considers church decline, suggesting that Catholic adults deserve the formation worthy of disciples—indeed, the defining mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all nations. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: R. Thomas Richard, PhD Tell Me I'm Wrong: An exchange of letters Harry Boonstra’s article got James thinking. In this exchange of letters, James shares his wondering with Harry; Perhaps what we need in our worship styles is not more diversity but more unity. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Harry Boonstra Of Election and the Mets In this humorous blog post Daniel Meeter blends baseball and theology and uses his experiences as a New York Mets fan as a metaphor for understanding the mysterious doctrine of election. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve
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