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Grace & Gratitude
by Joe Small 6/25/2014 10:03:30 AM

Most pastors find it difficult to preach about money.  There are many reasons for this – we confine money sermons to “stewardship time.” the congregation pays our salaries, we don’t want to want to offend wealthy people, we are sensitive to criticism that, “the church is always asking for money,” and so on.  Our uneasiness is in contrast to bold preaching about generosity in the early centuries of the church.  In this excerpt from his homily on 1 Corinthians 9:1-12, John Chrysostom confronts the congregation with the contrast between its wealth and the plight of the poor. read more

Grace and Gratitude
by Joe Small 12/17/2013 10:15:47 AM

“The Offering” in our order of worship has long been an odd element, a relaxing interlude in the midst of Scripture and proclamation, prayers and sacraments, praise and hymnody.  It is a bit like baseball’s “seventh inning stretch,” a time to relax and listen to the choir while ushers silently pass plates from row to row.  It is a particularly odd element in an age of monthly or even annual giving, on-line giving, and automatic bank withdrawals.  Is there any way to rescue the offering? read more

For Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Training in Righteousness
by Joe Small 4/25/2013 2:52:43 PM

Ezekiel was surrounded by the ‘likeness’ of the glory of the LORD, and he heard ‘someone’ speaking: “eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 1:28, 3:1).
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Theological Wisdom For Preaching
by Joe Small 4/11/2013 2:45:37 PM

Theological wisdom (and theological foolishness) is not the private preserve of professional theologians.
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Grace and Gratitude
by Joe Small 3/28/2013 3:01:27 PM

The Christian life is shaped by gratitude – gratitude for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. read more

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