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Third Sunday of Easter April 25, 2004

Third Sunday of Easter April 25, 2004 Acts 9:1-6 [7-20] Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 On the Third Sunday of Easter, we tend to rub our eyes a little in order to clear our vision. Last Sunday made much of not seeing and yet believing. Today we wonder, Did I just see what I […]

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Second Sunday of Easter April 27, 2003

Second Sunday of Easter April 27, 2003 – Preaching Helps Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31 In the Prayer of the Day we ask God to help us “show the power of the resurrection in all we say and do.” It is the same hope John expresses at the end of the […]

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successes and failures—a review for pastors and musicians

Lutheran Book of Worship: successes and failures—a review for pastors and musicians Carlos R. Messerli All worship books contain some features considered to be improvements over previous books. While in most cases they preserve many elements of earlier, similar publications, they all contain some new or revised elements of liturgy or hymnody that make them […]

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a feminist exegesis of the Book of Ruth

Bitterness and friendship: a feminist exegesis of the Book of Ruth Joseph W. Blotz The Book of Ruth has been an object of contention for many feminist scholars of the Bible. While recognizing the great strides the book makes on behalf of women, scholars also recognize how far the work on a whole has fallen […]

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religious transformation in The Sixth Sense

From despair to hope, from fear to redemption: religious transformation in The Sixth Sense Jessica Nipp The Sixth Sense met with astounding box office success after its release in August 1999. It grossed $27 million in its first weekend, reached the $70 million mark in ten days, and has joined the top-grossing films of all […]

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Fourth Sunday of Easter May 2, 2004

Fourth Sunday of Easter May 2, 2004 Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 By now, the immediacy of Easter Sunday will have faded along with most of the lilies. My altar guild will have nursed the last of the blooms along until this pivotal Good Shepherd Sunday, when we take one last look […]

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A matter of trust and imagination

A matter of trust and imagination Peter J. Gomes In the first lecture I endeavored, with as much candor and imagination as I could, to respond to the challenge set forth by the trustees, whoever they may be, of the Hein Fry Lectures for this year under their somewhat paranoid topic, “Biblical Preaching in Babel.” […]

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 8, 2004

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 8, 2004 – Preaching Helps Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) Psalm 138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 First Reading Isaiah provides another example of commissioning. Again, the commission is specific; Isaiah’s ministry is to take place in the year King Uzziah died (v. 1). The commission includes an awareness of God. […]

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Day of thanksgiving November 27, 2003

Day of thanksgiving November 27, 2003 – Preaching helps: seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost—day of thanksgiving, Series B Joel 2:21-27 Psalm 126 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33 As I was listening to myself preach my fifth Thanksgiving sermon, calling the congregation to be thankful, to adopt an “attitude of gratitude” (a theme I stole from a […]

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 5, 2003

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 5, 2003 – Preaching helps: seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost—day of thanksgiving, Series B Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 8 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16 First Reading Genesis 2:18-24 is part of the Yahwist creation story, in which woman is created subsequent to man. Rather than teaching the subordination of woman to man, […]