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Scorning Meekness Inspired by Mary Stewart VanLeeuwen's observation that character traits offered in Matthew 5:1-12 and Galatians 5:22-26 are scorned by some Christians as soft, this article by Scott Hoezee questions the quality of discipleship in the Church.... Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Scott Hoezee “I’ve Been ‘Buked and I’ve Been Scorned”: What Is Your Story? This sermon by Larry D. Pickens draws from Matthew 16:13-20 and a Negro Spiritual, challenging hearers not to "play small" but to step into God's great plans for us, embracing our identity as children of God. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Larry D Pickens A Despised Occupation Piers Linley unpacks John's use of shepherd imagery (10:1-10), pointing to both its royal connotations and its first-century association with outlaws and lowlifes. Jesus receives the scorn, and eventually becomes the king, all for us sheep! Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: Piers Linley My Apologies to Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin, and Mom Bruce Reyes-Chow's blog offers a public apology for directing scorn and ridicule toward public figures; he maintains that all people, as God's children, deserve to be treated with dignity. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Bruce Reyes-Chow Water Cooler Cool In this audio presentation Howard Butt, Jr., speaks of the destructive nature of gossip and scorn, as opposed to helpful feedback (Proverbs 11:9). Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The High Calling Author: Howard Butt Don't Knock This album from the Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project was recorded in 1960-1969 by Vee-Jay Records, with the songs "Don't Knock" and "I've Been Scorned." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Author: Vee-Jay Records Life and Religion Are One George MacDonald had an exceptional gift to present the gospel in a fresh and relevant way. This biography captures his childhood, his education at King’s College, his writing career and his poverty and suffering. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Rolland Hein Richard Baxter and the English Puritans This resource offers eight stories about the Puritans covering a wide range of topics including their view of the name Puritan, art, marriage, Christmas, faith, Sabbath, worship, and daily living. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Jennifer Trafton What Language Shall I Borrow? An article by Jennifer Woodruff Tait that examines the music of Bach, Paul Gerhardt, and Johann Heermann, music that becomes the suffering believer's voice, expressing both anguish and redemption. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Jennifer Woodruff Tait To the Thoughtless In this sermon on Isaiah 1:3, Charles Spurgeon talks about humanity's inconsiderateness toward God, which cannot be cured until the Spirit of the living God comes and teaches true wisdom. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: The Spurgeon Center Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon Sin of Scorn In this article on Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, Roberta Bondi reflects on the sin of bragging and scorn. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Century Author: Roberta Bondi Humiliation and Hesed Psalm 32, as this commentary explains, inspired the gospel writer's rendering of Jesus' passion, and inspires all servants who lament and seek God as a loving refuge in the face of scorn. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Mark Throntveit Full Text Hymns on Scorn Romans 2:4-8: Ungrateful sinners! whence this scornPD
Blest Lord, behold the guilty scornPD
My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?©
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Midrash: The Last Laugh Midrash, in Judaism, is a commentary on the ancient Hebrew text by the rabbis.  This midrash gives us a fresh perspective on the shameful scorn that Mary may have endured during her pregnancy. Resource type: Drama Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Sherrie Dobbs Johnson The despised class In this piece about lepers and leprosy, the editors of Christian History Magazine inform us that as with biblical leprosy, medieval lepers were completely segregated from and despised by the rest of society. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: The Editors, Christian History Magazine God Approaches This sermon starter on Genesis 28 points out that Jacob, the manipulator, tries to manipulate God, but that God in his grace comes to Jacob and chooses him to be part of his covenant anyway. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Doug Bratt Quitting Ain't An Option! Leslie Holmes reminds us that God's love is persistent and that God will never give up on us even if we give up on God. A sermon on Luke 15:8-10. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Leslie Holmes Commentary on Psalm 31:9-16 Simone Weil’s description of the social degradation of affliction reflects with devastating precision the experience of the speaker in Psalm 31:9-16. Often, acute suffering is, in the eyes of human beings, criminal. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Elizabeth Webb Prescription for Health Regimen Sanitatis Salernitatum drew from Islamic and classical Greek medical knowledge preserved for centuries at a Benedictine monastery. This resource quotes three advice given on food and drink, exercise, and cleanliness from their document. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: John Harington The (Bethel) Way of the Cross This iteration of the Way of the Cross devotional act has been designed to help the people of God — through Scripture, prayer, and reflection — relive the experience of suffering and sacrifice that our Lord. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Charles Murphy Prevenient Courage In this video and transcript, author, Marilynne Robinson, says that mainline churches remain radical institutions at their core but lost their courage after the Civil War. What people need today is truthfulness, dignity, and aesthetic quality.... Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Marilynne Robinson
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