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Proper 12 • Matthew 13:44–52 • July 24, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 3:05 pm | One Comment

By Robert Weise
Parables of Assurance and Hope
I would suggest that the best reference for studying the context of these three parables that “assure them [the disciples] that God is reigning and that to follow Jesus is …

Proper 11 • Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 • July 17, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Consider this act two in the grand dramatic entrance of the parables into the Gospel of Matthew and the Matthean lectionary, the second of three consecutive readings of Matthew 13’s “parables of the …

Proper 10 • Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 • July 10, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:44 pm | One Comment

By Francis C. Rossow
From childhood on we’ve known the scriptural truth that hearing affects living. Only the word of God can create faith in our hearts and good in our lives. The more we hear the …

Proper 9 • Matthew 11:25–30 • July 3, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

By Paul Philp
Jesus has just concluded speaking words of woe upon the cities where the response to his proclamation among them was ignored and rejected. This word of harsh condemnation makes it clear that those in …

Proper 8 • Matthew 10:34–42 • June 26, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

By David Peter
Liturgical Context
This text is appointed for this date simply because it falls in the sequence of the lectio continua for the gospel readings from Matthew’s Gospel. The theme is that of division, conflict, and …

Holy Trinity • Matthew 28:16–20 • June 19, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

By Jeffrey A. Oschwald
Trinity Sunday is “the celebration of the richness of the being of God . . . the occasion of a thankful review of the now completed mystery of salvation, which is the work …

Pentecost • John 7:37–39 • June 12, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

By R. Reed Lessing
“The Fly-Over Lands of our Lives”
John’s Use of Water
Our Lord’s turning water into wine at the Cana wedding (Jn 2:1–11) makes Jesus the focal point of water symbolism in John’s Gospel. Speaking to …

Easter 7 • John 17:1–11 • June 5, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
In the Heidelberg Disputation (1518), Martin Luther drew a stark contrast between a “theologian of glory” and a “theologian of the cross,” and that distinction may still make a Lutheran preacher reluctant to …

Easter 6 • John 14:15–21 • May 29, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

Textual Considerations
John 14:1–14 serves as the gospel for the previous Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Easter.
While John 14:15–21 is the gospel for the sixth Sunday of Easter, the words of Jesus have their setting in …

Easter 5 • John 14:1–11 • May 22, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Charles Arand
“And That’s the Rest of the Story”
[This text provides an excellent opportunity for instruction on the Trinity. The following provides a potential pattern for how the sermon could be constructed. It moves from …