Tag: sermon fodder

SERMON FODDER: Where God Chooses To Be

I haven't done one of these in a while. I take the opportunity to share a thought or passage from my weekly sermon preparation. This week, we are beginning a sermon series entitled, “A Fresh Start.” It comes from an idea that UM Communications put out for use as a fall 2013 kick-off. I have

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SERMON FODDER: Why Is “The Parable Discourse” (Matthew 13) Even More Important Than It Appears?

This is an excerpt from my sermon tomorrow, entitled “Now, Back to the Seeds.” The “chapter thirteen” I reference comes from Matthew’s gospel. However, an even greater lesson emerges when we take a wider view of chapter thirteen. It is sandwiched in-between some pretty intense situations in which Jesus found himself. Chapter 12 finds Jesus

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SERMON FODDER: God is no respecter of persons

This is an excerpt from my sermon on Sunday: Why does Jesus command us to love our enemies? It is difficult, for sure, yet we are commanded to do it. Why is this important? It goes to our understanding of God and man. There is God–he is up here. There is man–we are down here.

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SERMON FODDER: A Finger Dipped In A Still Pool

This is a stream of consciousness I wrote while ponder things during lunch at Annual Conference. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything happening at Annual Conference, but I think there is a sermon in there somewhere. It is rough and imperfect, but I hope it triggers something in you as it

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SERMON FODDER: Above Reproach

The scripture I am preaching on this week is the lectionary epistle 1 Peter 3:13-22. The letter is addressed to Christians in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) who are suffering. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are suffering from the vast Roman persecution of Christians–though that is present during this time in that geographical location–but

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