"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Commentary
by Lois Malcolm
[This is Week 5 of a 6-week preaching series on 2 Corinthians.]
Preaching text: 2 Cor 5:11-21; accompanying text: Luke 15:25-32 Theme: Reconciliation
The basis of all this is the love of Christ that presses us on together -- with Christ and with one another. One has died for all so that all might live for him who died and was raised for them (2 Cor 5:14-15). We no longer need to deny death -- or the sheer pathos of life -- because we know that Christ’s love is stronger than death. We are now free to live for the one who died and was raised for us, embodying in our lives God’s very justice and mercy (2 Cor 5:21).
This gives us a radically fresh perspective on life. We no longer need to view others from the standpoint of human criteria -- in the same way that we no longer view Jesus as just one more martyr for a righteous cause. In Christ, there is new creation; all that distorts in the systems and worlds we have created for ourselves and others are now archaic; ...
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NL228: Preaching Series on 2 Corinthians
June 19, 2016
This podcast discusses the six-week summer preaching series on 2 Corinthians, May 22 - June 26, 2016.