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Sue Anne Steffey Morrow

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David's Turn From Wisdom -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1993
Above my desk at home is a single pine shelf that holds a row of books, books which through the year
Esther: Wise Woman Of Strength -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
On a cold and dark March night during my first year at Princeton as assistant dean of the chapel, I
Nathan's Wise Parable -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1993
Last week we left David handing a note to Uriah to take to Joab.
Absalom, Absalom -- 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 1993
I was unprepared for the effect the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial would have on me.
The Dream For Wisdom -- 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 1993
In three swift verses, the succession is accomplished, finally.
The Temple Of Wisdom -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 1993
The text appointed for today describes the dedication of the Temple, the magnificent house that Solo
Solomon's Song Of Love -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1993
It was summer heaven on the mountain.
Wisdom In A Proverb -- Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 1993
What is a proverb?
God As Wisdom -- Proverbs 1:20-33; (4:1-9; 8:1-12) -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 1993
If someone like me were to ask someone like you, "How do you imagine God?" what would you answer?
Who Can Find A Virtuous Woman? -- Proverbs 31:10-31 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 1993
School girls we were, dressed in the school colors, green and white, jumpers, blazers, pullover.
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