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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 …

Proper 13 • Matthew 14:13–21 • July 31, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

By Henry Rowold
“Feed Them!”
As happens regularly in Scripture, this pericope is so rich that it can evoke an entire series of sermons, without stretching or duplicating: Jesus withdrew from the crowd (also 12:15, and other …

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 | 2 Comments

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 …