Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

Always Sideways

Always Sideways Lectionary 22 October 2017 20th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 Text to Life In 2004 a small “sleeper” movie called “Sideways” made an unexpectedly big hit. It was a movie that flirted with mid-life commitment issues, focused on finally growing up…

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Stone Standard or Gold Standard?

Stone Standard or Gold Standard? Lectionary 15 October 2017 19th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 32:1-14 Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Text to Life What a season of violence, vengeance, and vortexes! This trifecta has come both from the state of nature and from the hands of humans. First…

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Bend the Knee

Bend the Knee Lectionary 1 October 2017 17th Sunday After Pentecost World Communion Sunday Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 Text to Life It is soccer season. Okay, yes, it is also football season again. Finally. But for parents with younger children this is the season of…

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Belief Brands or Life Story?

Belief Brands or Life Story? Story Lectionary 24 September 2017 16th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Text to Life What a month! Harvey and Irma. Say no more. What a couple. Worse than Bonnie and Clyde. The images are inescapable and stalking.…

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Where’s the Grace?

Where’s the Grace? Lectionary 17 September 2017 15th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 14:19-31 Psalm v114 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Text to Life “What must I DO to inherit eternal life?” (Lk18:18). Notice the “DO.” Not “What must I BE to inherit eternal life?” but “What must I DO?” Why do…

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The Triune Life

The Triune Life Lectionary 3 September 2017 13th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Text to Life What do you want to be when you grow up? It is the question all kids get asked throughout their childhood. And even adults who never…

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The World is Your Keyhole

The World is Your Keyhole Lectionary 27 August 2017 12th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Text to Life “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Anyone remember those words? “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego” was the title of a popular Nickelodeon kid’s…

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Mystic Coolness

Mystic Coolness Lectionary 20 August 2017 11th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28 Text to Life Héctor Elizondo is one of my favorite actors. Most recently in “Last Man Standing,” he is a standard feature in romantic comedies like Princess Diaries and Runaway…

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