Proper 21 · Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18 · October 1, 2017


Proper 21 · Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18 · October 1, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the second of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, Textual Connection Paul’s separation from the Philippians causes him to focus on that which holds them together as a community of Christ, involved in humble service ..


Proper 20 · Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30 · September 24, 2017


Proper 20 · Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30 · September 24, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the first of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, In a culture that is redefining what it means to be family, the Christian church has devoted significant efforts to defending God’s design of the ..


Proper 15 · Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32 · August 20, 2017


Proper 15 · Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32 · August 20, 2017

Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here. By David Schmitt, Have you ever noticed how some art museums post guards near the paintings? If they don’t post a guard, they might put a red velvet ..


Proper 14 · Romans 10:5–17 · August 13, 2017


Proper 14 · Romans 10:5–17 · August 13, 2017

Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here. By David Schmitt When Jesus was crucified, we indeed nailed him to the cross. His own people tried him, found him guilty of blasphemy, and rejected their God. And ..


All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2016


All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2016

By Joel Elowsky Crowds are always following Jesus looking for something. These crowds come from everywhere, not just the locals, and they’re filled with expectation. He always takes their expectations and transforms them into something more significant than they perhaps knew they needed. His Sermon on the Mount is a classic example. He ascends a mountain ..


Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016


Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016

By Travis J. Scholl Commemorating the sixteenth-century events that came to be called the Protestant Reformation is more complicated than it used to be. Triumphalism—a certain weirdly coiffed presidential candidate notwithstanding—is no longer in vogue. We left it behind in favor of our more cosmopolitan sensibilities. Moreover, the drop in religious literacy has further problematized our ..