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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) April 9, 2017 on Matthew 21:1-11

When you stop to think about it, Palm Sunday is a rather strange Christian festival. Getting into the spirit of Palm Sunday has always seemed to me to be rather artificial and even forced, because welcoming anyone – let alone … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for Advent 4 B December 18, 2011 based on Luke 1 : 26 – 38

I have heard it said that a wise man was once confronted by one of his disciples.  “Why is it?”, the young man wanted to know – “do you tell us stories without explaining them in detail?”   “Well” replied the … Continue reading

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First Thoughts on a Lectionary Sermon (Homily) for Next Sunday 20 November 2011 (Matthew 25: 14-30 )

20 November 2011 First the text: Matthew 25:31-46 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for 6 November 2011(Matthew 25: 1 – 13)

The things that you’re li’ble to read in the Bible, It ain’t necessarily so! (from Porgy and Bess) There is something almost sad and tragic about the strange and now almost doddery old Pastor, Harold Camping, who for the third … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for October 30 2011 (on Matthew 23 : 1-12)

First the passage: Matthew Ch 23 1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they … Continue reading

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First Thoughts on a Lectionary Sermon for 16 October 2011 (on Matthew 22: 15-22)

WHOSE IMAGE DO WE SEE? (My main source in the preparation of this address was some writing by Charles Hoffacker who is rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Huron.) A rich but miserable man once visited a rabbi … Continue reading

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First thoughts on a lectionary sermon for Sunday 9 October 2011 (Matthew 22: 1-14)

There is a Spanish proverb which roughly translated says: “he who spits against heaven, gets it in the eye”. This morning’s story from Matthew seems a perfect illustration of that proverb. A king is having a wedding celebration for his … Continue reading

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