II Timothy 2:15 “The Luxury and Dangers of Opinions”

My Christian ethics professor was one of the most colorful teachers at the seminary. He was close to retirement when I was in his class. He grew up in North Carolina where he worked in textile mills from childhood through young adulthood when he “discovered that connected to my hands… Continue reading

Matthew 5: 14-16 “The Light of the World”

Whenever I hear this passage, I think of that song I was taught as a child and with which many of you are familiar: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” But there is a major problem with that song-especially if it has this passage in… Continue reading

Matthew 5:3-11; 7:12-27 Clarence Jordan

[This article begins with Clarence Jordan’s “Cotton Patch” Translation of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) and the closing verses of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12-27). You may want to read them first in the New Revised Standard Version (or any other version), and then ponder Jordan’s translation. Jordan tried… Continue reading

II Corinthians 6:1-2 “The Ripe Moment: A New Year’s Sermon”

Often in Scripture we detect a sense that a propitious time is upon us: a time to decide, to re-evaluate, to change, to turn around, to see differently, and to assess our lives, priorities, and commitments. Phrases such as “Now is the time of salvation/fulfillment is at hand/the moment is… Continue reading

Luke 1:26-38 “Giving Birth to God”

I’ll be honest. If I had been Mary, I would have run the other way. Mary should have known her Bible. Whenever an angel appears, look out! Things are going to change drastically. Take Abraham and Sarah. Sarah was past the age of bearing children. She had already gone through… Continue reading

Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 19:1-10 “The Joy of Repentance”

Perhaps the title of this sermon seems inappropriate to you—inappropriate for two reasons. First, these two words—joy and repentance—don’t seem to go together, do they? I mean, when we think of joy, the word “repentance” simply doesn’t come to mind. Secondly, we usually don’t associate repentance with Advent. Today, Advent,… Continue reading

Isaiah 11:1-9 “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Have you ever been disappointed in a politician? Have you ever voted for a politician because you believed in what he or she promised or supposedly stood for, only to learn later that this politician was like all the rest? Well, in one sense we have only ourselves to blame…. Continue reading

Revelation 22:17, 20-21 “Expectation and Invitation”

Advent is a time for expectation and anticipation. Most sermons preached on the first Sunday of Advent are based on passages from the Old Testament prophets– passages in which the prophets look to the future for the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel and to the whole world. In their… Continue reading

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