Keith McPaul

Proper 9

July 8, 2001
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Reading 2: 
Palm 30
Reading 3: 
Galatians 6:7-16
Reading 4: 
Luke 10:1-10, 16-20
By Keith McPaul

2 Kings 5: 1-14
Contrast the faith of the little girl, the pride of Naaman, the petulance of the King of lsrael, the wisdom of Elisha and the common sense of the servants. It is interesting that the pride and expectation of 'grand treatment' of Naaman was overcome initially by a foreign servant girl, and finally by his own servants. Is the healing of Naaman an early example of the KISS principle at work?

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2002
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter III

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Sermons:
Nance 2006
Sauter 2003

Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43
Reading 4: 
Matthew 28:1-10
By Keith McPaul

 This short section gives us an important insight into how the early Christians perceived the resurrection. In Romans 8, Galatians 2, John 14, and in Colossians 3, we see their conviction that Christ was a life-giving presence, the spirit indwelling in those who had never 'seen the Lord', let alone viewed the empty tomb. The new community 'was' in Christ because Christ 'was' in them.

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2002
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43
Reading 4: 
Matthew 28:1-10
By Keith McPaul

This short section gives us an important insight into how the early Christians perceived the resurrection. In Romans 8, Galatians 2, John 14, and in Colossians 3, we see their conviction that Christ was a life-giving presence, the spirit indwelling in those who had never 'seen the Lord', let alone viewed the empty tomb. The new community 'was' in Christ because Christ 'was' in them.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

March 24, 2002
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)



Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21:1-11; 26:14-27,66
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 31:9-18
By Keith McPaul

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21: 1-1

5th Sunday in Lent

March 17, 2002
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 130
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:6-11
Reading 4: 
John 11:1-45
By Keith McPaul

Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Psalm 130

4th Sunday in Lent

March 10, 2002
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 5:8-14
Reading 4: 
John 9:1-41
By Keith McPaul

The story of the God’s selection of David as the new King of Israel was no doubt included in the Lectionary reading for its emphasis on the selection and anointing process. Throughout their history the Israelites have seen their leaders as being the ‘anointed’ of God. They were specially chosen to do God’s will; they were the messiahs of their day. The anointed one was seen to be set apart for a special purpose. Yet we all say in Psalm 23 "you anoint my head with oil".

3rd Sunday in Lent

March 3, 2002
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 95
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:1-11
Reading 4: 
John 4:5-42
By Keith McPaul

Who is testing who? Little by little the Children of Israel are being dragged 'screaming and kicking' towards the 'truth'. They have made it out of the "wilderness of Sin" to a point where they recognize that the Lord is directing their journey, but then they find that their trust in God's ability to look after them fails. Of course they need water! But if God had brought them this far surely they should trust that their physical needs would be met. Moses asks why they "test the Lord".

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