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Preaching and Money

Our culture is obsessed with money. We consume well beyond our means, and it places many on a stressful and self-destructive path. Preachers can and should address issues of money, but how? Here are three key points that can help. (Photo © Lisa F. Young – Fotolia.com)

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Advent: A Time for Re-Forming

Lectionary Reflection, First Sunday in Advent, Year B
November 27, 2011

This Sunday’s lessons offer many options for fresh approaches to Advent. Now is the time to invite people into a spiritual season of re-formation, contemplation, readiness, and action. (Photo by BLW Photography used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Do You See What I See?

Lectionary Reflection Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A, May 30, 2011 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  John 14:19 My youngest daughter recently saw a new optometrist for her annual eye exam. She has complained on and off… Read more»

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Let us go now to Bethlehem!

CHRISTMAS EVE, Year A, Dec. 24, 2010
Our job is to go to Bethlehem right here, right now, in whatever context we live and serve and tell the story of the Messiah’s birth. To do so, however, we first must plumb the depths of our own heart and allow Luke’s story to fill us with wonder and hope and awe, just like those first century shepherds. (Photo by allegri used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Here, There, and Everywhere

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT, Year A, Dec. 5, 2010

This week John calls us to repent, to turn, to do something new. God is on the loose in the world–here, there, and everywhere. Maybe we should get serious about looking for that kingdom of heaven come near. (Photo by Per Ola Wiberg, used under a Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Stewards of Advent: Wake, Watch, and Wait!

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Year A, Nov. 28, 2010
Wake up, sleepy Christian! Don’t be lulled into consumer compliance for the holiday season. Be stewards of Advent and celebrate the texts that call us to radical awareness God at work in the world and role in that work. (Photo by Per Ola Wiberg used under a Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Thanksgiving Resources

SermonCentral has a trove of sermons, illustrations and worship resources to help make your congregation’s observance of Thanksgiving a meaningful experience. Gratitude, after all, is the root of happiness, generosity and faith.

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Celebrating our Freedom in Christ to be Good Stewards

Lectionary Reflection for Reformation Day, October 31, 2010

Luther had a lot to say about stewardship, so skip the history lesson and practice stewardship “reformation” this week? (Photo: ff137 used by Creative Commons License.)

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Stewardship Sermons

Here’s a compilation of stewardship sermons guaranteed to get your own creative preaching juices flowing. They’re listed by text and title. They are part of Rev. Edward Markquart’s  excellent “Sermons from Seattle.”

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Are You Kidding Me, Jesus?

Lectionary Reflection, 15th Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2010

Hey, Jesus, you really want me to stand up in front of a congregation and preach this text? Are you kidding me? Most people will hear this text with enough law-lensed baggage to stop their ears. As preachers and teachers, we need to lift up the grace and hope that comes with living “cross-wise” in the world.