"The Ark of the Covenant," Gwyneth Leech. Image by Lawrence Lew, O.P., via Flickr; licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
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Get ready for Narrative Lectionary Year 4 (Gospel of John). Walk through major themes for fall and spring and gain practical planning resources.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve: Nativity of Our Lord
Matthew 1:18-25 Commentary
by Ron Allen
Strictly speaking, the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the last Sunday in the season of preparation for celebrating the first advent (coming) and anticipating the second advent (apocalypse, second coming).
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Isaiah 7:10-16 Commentary
by Michael J. Chan
This is a very challenging chapter to interpret, much less to preach, in part because it requires that one be familiar with a number of related texts (Isaiah 7:1-9; 8:1-8; 2 Kings 16).
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Commentary
by Paul S. Berge
When a psalm is divided up, like the one for this Sunday (verses 1-7, 17-19), the integrity of the psalm is lost.1
Romans 1:1-7 Commentary
by Elizabeth Shively
We commonly think of calling in terms of vocation.
The Good News of God With Us
by Karoline Lewis
December 18, 2016
“God with us” is not always good news. It depends on who you think God is. It depends on how you think God is active in the world. It depends on who you need God to ...
SB515 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
Discussion on Revised Common Lectionary texts for Fourth Sunday of Advent (Dec. 18, 2016): (Gospel) Matthew 1:18-25; (1st Reading) Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; (2nd Reading) Romans 1:1-7. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.