A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
Moses, Aaron and other priests sacrifice animals for the sin offering. Engraving by Abraham de Blois (or Bloys; fl. 1690-1720) from the design of Gerard Hoet (1648–1733)
Sacrifice, Substitution, and Suffering
Each of us must make sacrifices. Each sacrifice is a way of showing to another person, or to God, "You are more important to me than this thing is."
Sacrifice and the Death of Christ
An article by John Goldingay explaining the relationship of sacrifice and forgiveness. Goldingay argues from OT and NT passages that sacrifice isn't intended to appease anger, and that Christ's sacrifice offers forgiveness by absorbing our wrongdoing.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra.
Near Sacrifice of Isaac
Abraham halts his sacrifice of Isaac, looking up at the angel, who indicates a ram tangled in the bushes. Engraving by Joseph Mulder (1658 - ca. 1728) from the design of Gerard Hoet (1648–1733)
Sacrificing a Son
The Sacrifice of Isaac teaches that all that we have and love belongs ultimately to the God who gave it. This story demonstrates that God will provide--including by his own son's death and resurrection.
Sacrificing What Matters Most
This devotional on Genesis 22:2 considers Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac, suggesting that growth in faith always means deeper surrender.
Sacrifice as the Condition of All True Progress
James W. Clarke’s sermon on Matthew 16:21-14 explores how the Kingdom of God is true progress and the sacrifice that it requires.
Sacrifice of Abraham
This 17th century etching by Pietro Testa depicts Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis 22:9-10.
The Sacrifice of Isaac
This early 17th century painting by Alessandro Allori depicts the sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis 22:1-19.
The Sacrifice of Abraham
This early 15th century bronze relief by Filippo Brunelleschi depicts the sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis 22:1-19.