A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Full Text Hymns on Sacrifice
A Living Sacrifice©
We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise©
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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 and Welcoming God
The Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church provides a comprehensive resources for planning and preaching a service primarily on the attempted sacrifice of Issac found in Genesis 22:1-14.
In this sermon starter for Genesis 22:1-18, Eleonore Stump observes that God, who lacks nothing, is glad to have the gift of our sacrifices not because he gets something great from them, but because we do.
Sacrifice and joy
Reflecting on John 12:1-8, John van de Laar observes that Lent is not only about repentance and sacrifice. We are also invited to "extravagant, celebratory adoration of the Incarnate One."
Moses and the people of Israel sacrifice a lamb in order to consecrate the firstborn to God
Sacrifice of Isaac
This 16th century painting by Vecellio Tiziano depicts the sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis 22:1-19.
Moses and the people of Israel sacrifice a lamb in order to consecrate the firstborn to God. Illustration by Pierre Eskrich (ca. 1550-ca. 1590)
Sacrifice of Abraham
This 17th century etching by Pietro Testa depicts Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis 22:9-10.