Monthly Archives: January, 2012

On this day in Martin Luther’s life…

It was on January 3, 1521 that Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.  He really didn’t plan on this event.  His desire was to see changes within the church that raised him and sustained him like a mother. He had complaints, sought reforms, but really hadn’t planned on …

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Looking toward Sunday…Baptism of the Lord

Now that I am back in a pulpit every Sunday, along with my regular daily prayer, I am preparing to preach.  I work weeks in advance on sermon notes and study (see Proclamatio), but as the week begins I always look at the lectionary texts again and challenge my congregation to read with me. Here …

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The Holy Name of Jesus

Today was a minor feast day in the life of the Church–The Holy Name of Jesus. There were actually three different sets of readings for the day, and I chose these: Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 8 (UMH 743) Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 2:15-21 Luke 2:15-21 (CEB) 15 When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, …

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