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Articles tagged with: Homiletical Helps

Easter 3 • Acts 2:14a, 36–41 • May 4, 2014
April 25, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment

By Jeffrey A. Oschwald
Dear preacher, please restore this text to the Easter season! For many hearers this text will seem a “stealing of Pentecost’s thunder” rather than a proclamation of Easter’s good news. There is no better …

Easter 2 • Acts 5:29–42 • April 27, 2014
April 24, 2014 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

By David Wollenburg
Collect: Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ your Son, …

Easter Sunday • Acts 10:34–43 • April 20, 2014
April 8, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
In this pericope, Peter portrays Christ’s resurrection as God’s vindication of his identity and his work. In the resurrection, God gives assurance that Jesus is Lord and the judge of the living and the …

Lent 4 • Isaiah 42:14–21 • March 30, 2014
March 18, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Robert Kolb
Introductory thoughts
The final verse of the pericope governs our use of it and its context in chapter 42. The Lord takes pleasure (חפצ)—he gets a kick out of—placing his instruction, the script of the conversation …

Lent 2 • Genesis 12:1–9 • March 16, 2014
March 5, 2014 – 10:17 am | No Comment

By Arthur F. Graudin
Preliminary Comments
Three small word combinations in the Hebrew provided direction for this sermon study: 1. lek-leka (v. 1). lek is an imperative followed by leka a preposition with the second person masculine …

Lent 1 • Genesis 3:1–21 • March 9, 2014
February 25, 2014 – 9:30 am | 4 Comments

The Search Begins
An initial caution must be sounded about beginning a sermon with Genesis 3. By divine design, Genesis 3 is an inseparable part of a unit (Gn 1–3), and neither Genesis 1–2 nor Genesis …

Transfiguration of Our Lord • Exodus 24:8–18 • March 2, 2014
February 18, 2014 – 9:37 am | 4 Comments

This Old Testament reading for Transfiguration stands as the complement and climax of the covenant ceremony that begins in Exodus 19. In broadest strokes, the text illustrates what it means for the God of Israel, …

Epiphany 6 • Deuteronomy 30:15–20 • February 16, 2014
February 4, 2014 – 2:27 pm | One Comment

Choice Is More than Choosing
Christians are confronted with many choices in this world of biomedical technology,and a rash of legal decisions has placed life and death decisions in the hands of loved ones. We face …

Proper 10 • Colossians 1:1-14 • July 14, 2013
July 2, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By James W. Voelz
Editor’s note: An abbreviated form of this Homiletical Help appeared in the Spring 2013 Concordia Journal. The full commentary written by Dr. Voelz is provided here.
Introduction
The book of Colossians has had its authenticity questioned …

Proper 14 • Matthew 14:22–23 • August 7, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

By Andrew Bartelt
Literary and Canonical Background
Our Lord’s ministry began with the notice that John the Baptist had been arrested (4:12). The words and deeds of Jesus now have been twice interrupted by the ongoing story of …