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Sermons by “The Rev. Dr. Bob Abstein”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The kingdom of God shocks our sensibilities and bursts our boundaries. It subverts our sense of what matters most.

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The Healing of Naaman

Set amid international politics is a remarkable story about healing, humility, and universalism, which centers around the character of Naaman.

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The Rush of a Violent Wind

Whenever in the depths of the most destructive forces of our hearts we discover a more creative force compelling us toward reconciliation, toward kindness, toward forgiveness. There the spirit is rushing in, giving us new eyes to see, new ears to hear, new voices to speak God’s love.

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Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

The lame man in this story may have been taking advantage of his physical malady—perhaps by asking for money. To be healed is to give up his only means of survival. Jesus’ pointed question—“Do you want to be made well?”—may also be intended for us to engage the challenge that all of us can more easily hold on to our disease, both physical and spiritual, as a piece of our identity, rather than surrender our lives fully to the healing grace of God.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus

You who are blessed among women. The Lord is with you. For the promise was fulfilled. A child was born. He was named Jesus. He was called holy. For he is the son of God.

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Pressing toward the Goal

Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place, he embraces Christ and Christ’s way.

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

This parable reminds us that God operates, not on our conventional conceptions of fairness and causes and effects; but rather, God operates on contrarian wisdom—patience, faithful tending, and hopeful expectation.

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The Lament over Jerusalem

The one who comes in the name of the Lord will hold up to the people a vision of hope, liberation, and justice for the poor. This has always been the vision of God.

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Blessings and Woes

The poor can help us see the need for a power greater than ourselves to heal us and give us happiness and meaning. They help us come to the day when we will clearly see the source of this power: Jesus, the Christ, our Savior.

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The Gift of Love

Because of God’s faithfulness and love, we have the strength to develop into communities that carry out the loving, liberating works for which our world searches.

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