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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 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 The Shepherds Reminds Us "The temptation is to do too much...on Christmas Eve." This preacher's commentary on Luke 2:1-14 includes focusing questions. Like shepherds, we can simply bear witness to the wonder of Jesus, rather than needing to prove it.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Amanda Brobst-Renaud 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 Hymn of the Month: Hymns for June, July, and August An article that explores three hymns, "Protect Me, God, I Trust in You,' Eat this Bread,' and 'Amazing Grace' offering background information as well as performance notes. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Emily R. Brink Looking in, Reaching out In this study guide with discussion questions, Charlie Bauer notes the Advent call to both inward preparation and outward focus in Isaiah 7:10-17; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; and Matthew 1:18-25. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Charlie Bauer 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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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 Commentary on Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9 Mark has not narrated a “triumphal entry”; he has lampooned it. Such narrative subversions match the character of the gospel Jesus preaches. This carries forward into Mark 14:3-9 which upsets how we evaluate fame. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: C. Clifton Black Mark 4:26-34 sermon starter In this sermon starter Scott Hoezee points to the quiet and small gospel ministry that has the core message of "Jesus saves", this is the story we center on, not our own creative exploits. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Scott E. Hoezee Our hearts are broken but not destroyed On Good Friday, we come to the cross. We come for ourselves and our sins. We come for the world and its sins. We come for those who don't know they need it. We find hope. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Ben E. Helmer The Spirit, the water, and the blood Commenting on 1 John 5:9-13, Nijay Gupta discusses the difficulty for many first-century believers in seeing the cross as a symbol of victory and power rather than an indication of defeat and failure. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Nijay Gupta Two Ways the Origins Debate Needs to Change This article offers some thoughts on how to navigate the culture war between Christianity and science. Resource type: Article | Source: Biologos | Author: Ted Davis
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