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Paradox -- Acts 9:36-43, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30, Psalm 100 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
I hope those groaner puns won't detract from the discussion of paradox.
You Shall Be Holy -- Acts 13:44-52, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Me, be holy? Me, with all my horrid habits and stinky sins? I can't do that!
Some Day, My Prince Will Come .. -- Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5, John 14:23-29, Psalm 67 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
As I perused the readings for Easter 6, I was struck by their focus on the future glory of God -- an
Let Everyone Who Is Thirsty Come -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Everyone, Lord? Even those (fill in the denomination) who (fill in the alleged heresy)?
The Temptation Of Sally Vation -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13, Psalm 91 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Saint Paul reminds us that "Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14) and
As Many As The Stars? -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
I love the movie Oh, God! Some may take issue with its theology, but George Burns as God is i
Moses The Fig Tree -- Exodus 3:1-15, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9, Psalm 103 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Perhaps I was too hard on Moses. But you have to admit, Moses was a bit of a whiner:
Percival Prodigal Ponders A Pithy Point -- Joshua 5:9-12, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
For several years, my wife and I have been involved in a prison ministry at our local county house o
God, You're Just Politically Incorrect! -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
This may not be a popular play. So be it.
The Spiritual Struggle Of Sidney Centurion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14--23:56, Psalm 31:9-16 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
What really happened to the centurion who presided over our Lord's crucifixion?
But I Wasn't There ... Ya Gotta Show Me! -- Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 20:19-31, Psalm 150 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
You Are There was a real television show in the '50s: back in the days when even commercial t
Dust Thou Art ... Art Thou Dust? -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Psalm 103 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
In preparing to write this, the third Ash Wednesday homily/drama, I was running out of ideas -- unti
Jesus Is Risen ... So What? -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Luke 24:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
This homily/drama was written -- with much more than the usual amount of blood, sweat, and tears --
Just Do It! -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Hey, the Bible doesn't say anything about who ol' Ananias was, so he might have been the proprietor
Watch For The Signs! ... Yo, What Signs? -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 50 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
INYERFACE With The Baptizer -- Baruch 5:1-9, Luke 3:1-6, Psalm 126 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Restoration Rules! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 3:7-18, Psalm 85 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Bruce Reed And Demetrius Wick -- Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- John A. Tenbrook -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Whose Gift Is It, Anyway? -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The Body -- Nehemiah 8:1-10, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 113 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
So, You Wanta Be A Prophet, Huh? -- Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
When He Calls ... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11, Psalm 85 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts"What is God calling me to do?"
What's In It For M-E-E-E-E? -- Jeremiah 17:5-10, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26, Psalm 1 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Nile News Network ... Live! -- Genesis 45:3-11, 21-28, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50, Luke 6:27-38 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The Church Of The Twinkling Of An Eye -- Isaiah 55:10-13, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Luke 6:39-49, Psalm 92 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 


Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.


Stephen P. McCutchan
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

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It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
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One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
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