Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

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Evermore

Evermore

Evermore Lectionary 22 September 2019 15th Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 113 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Text to Life Okay, this is just wrong. Wrong and weird. There are now “Botox” ads online specifically geared towards women, and men, in their twenties—urging them to get rid of frown…
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Watch Your Tone

Watch Your Tone

Watch Your ToneLectionary15 September 201914th Sunday After PentecostJeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28Psalm 141 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-10Text to LifeIf you’ve ever played a musical instrument or sang in a choir, you are probably familiar with a “tuning fork.” The pitch emitted by any particular tuning fork is determined by the length and mass…
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A Messiah and a Metaphor

A Messiah and a Metaphor

A Messiah and a MetaphorLectionary8 September 201913th Sunday After PentecostJeremiah 18:1-11Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18Philemon 1:1-21Luke 14:25-33 Text to Life The other day the phone suddenly gave off a terrible alarm bell, one of those “in the event of an emergency” tones they test on TV. Everyone in the room was…
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True Hospitality

True Hospitality

True HospitalityLectionary1 September 201912th Sunday After PentecostStartText to LifeIt is almost Labor Day. Can you believe it? Where has the summer gone? Labor Day is unlike other “holidays” because it is both a celebration and a sadness. On the one hand it is a holiday that creates a blessed three-day…
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Mt Zion’s “Yes!”

Mt Zion’s “Yes!”

Mt. Zion’s “Yes!” Lectionary25 August 201911th Sunday After PentecostJeremiah 1:4-10Psalm 71:1-6Hebrews 12:18-29Luke 13:10-17Text to LifeIt is getting to be the time for the “turning over of the closets” and the “changing of the guard.” You know, time for shorts, swimsuits, tank tops, and flip-flops to make way for “acceptable” school…
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Barking Dogs and Semiotics 101

Barking Dogs and Semiotics 101

Barking Dogs and Semiotics 101Lectionary18 August 201910th Sunday After PentecostIsaiah 5:1-7Psalm 79:1-2, 8-19Hebrews 11:29-12:2Luke 12:49-56Text to LifeIn 1814 The Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a minister in Hartford, Connecticut discovered that the young daughter of his next-door neighbor, Alice Cogswell, was deaf. Gallaudet began trying to teach his young neighbor to…
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Lean In

Lean In

Lean InLectionary11 August 20199th Sunday After PentecostIsaiah 1:1, 10-20Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16Luke 12:32-40Text to LifeIn 1962 the Newberry Medal for children’s literature was awarded to Madeline L’Engle for her novel “A Wrinkle in Time.” Her manuscript had been rejected by 26 publishers before someone decided to take a risk…
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Soul Storage

Soul Storage

Soul Storage Lectionary 4 August 2019 8th Sunday After Pentecost Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 49:1-12 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21   We live in a consumer culture, and in a consumer culture the only thing better than getting “new stuff” is getting MORE “new stuff.” With all the online purchasing sites it…
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God Will Take Care of You

God Will Take Care of You

God Will Take Care of YouLectionary28 July 20197th Sunday After PentecostHosea 1:2-10Psalm 85Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)Luke 11:1-13Text to LifeApparently, it will be on the market “soon.” Pampers brand disposable diapers just announced that a new “high tech” version of their product is about to be made public. Yes, you guessed it.…
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The Christian Moon Walk

The Christian Moon Walk

The Christian Moon WalkLectionary21 July 20196th Sunday After PentecostAmos 8:1-12Psalm 52Colossians 1:15-28Luke 10:38-42Text to LifeBack in 1969 the television airwaves were fiercely ruled by the Big Three: ABC, CBS, NBC. There was no one else. PBS didn’t launch until a year later in 1970. In many rural areas only one…
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