The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. - John 1:5 (Public domain image; licensed under CC0)
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The Sermon Brainwave and Narrative Lectionary podcasts for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are now posted. Blessings as you prepare to preach through Holy Week.
Christmas Day: Nativity of Our Lord (III)
First Sunday of Christmas
John 1:1-14 Commentary
by Judith Jones
John’s Gospel begins, not at Jesus’ conception or cradle, but at the conception of the cosmos.
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Isaiah 52:7-10 Commentary
by Samuel Giere
Beauty. Good tidings. Peace. Salvation. Joy. Comfort.1
Psalm 98 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
Like many psalms of praise, Psalm 98 begins with an imperative “call to praise” followed by a “reason to praise” introduced by the Hebrew word ki, “for.”1
Hebrews 1:1-4, [5-12] Commentary
by Richard Carlson
The opening of Hebrews is a celebratory declaration of Jesus’ substance, superior status, and activity.
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Sermon Brainwave #698 - Christmas Day (Proper 3)
December 25, 2019
Discussion on texts for Christmas Day - Proper 3 (Dec. 25, 2019). (Gospel) John 1:1-14; (First Reading) Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; (Second Reading) Hebrews 1:1-4, [5-12]. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.