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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve: Nativity of Our Lord
Christmas Day: Nativity of Our Lord (II)
Matthew 1:18-25 Commentary
by Arland J. Hultgren
Coming so close to Christmas Eve, the reading for this Sunday prompts thoughts of the festive worship services that are to come.
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Isaiah 7:10-16 Commentary
by Barbara Lundblad
Again, the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Commentary
by Henry Langknecht
Don’t be a lectionary basher; respect the brothers and sisters responsible for the lectionary for the hard choices they’ve made.
Romans 1:1-7 Commentary
by Valerie Nicolet-Anderson
The opening of the letter to the Romans contains, in seven tightly packed verses, a summary of the themes that will be discussed in the rest of the letter.
Matthew's Version of the Incarnation
by David Lose
December 22, 2013
Dear Working Preacher,
Just two thoughts as we approach the fourth Sunday in Advent. Just two thoughts on Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus. Just two thoughts as you ...
Brainwave 328 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
Discussion on texts for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Dec. 22, 2013): (Gospel) Matthew 1:18-25; (1st Reading) Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; (2nd Reading) Romans 1:1-7.