"Celebration," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Get inspired to preach more effective sermons in these trying times at the Craft of Preaching conference Oct. 5-7, featuring Joy J. Moore, Kenyatta R. Gilbert, and Jared E. Alcántara.
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
John 8:31-36 Commentary
by Mark Tranvik
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Jeremiah 31:31-34 Commentary
by Richard W. Nysse
Jeremiah 31:31-34 is an arresting set of verses.
Psalm 46 Commentary
by Fred Gaiser
As always, preaching for a festival of the church brings competing goods: Do we preach the text or preach the day?
Romans 3:19-28 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
Paul has just spent two chapters making sure that all the Gentiles among his hearers and all the Jews alike will recognize themselves to be pretty much out of wiggle room.
The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation
by David Lose
October 27, 2013
Dear Working Preacher,
I’ve long thought that the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector made a much better Reformation Day text than the appointed passage ...
Brainwave 319 - Texts for Reformation Day, October 27, 2013
Discussion on texts for Reformation Day 2013: (Gospel) John 8:31-36; (1st Reading) Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 46; (2nd Reading) Romans 3:19-28.
A separate podcast (Sermon Brainwave 318) is available for Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost texts.