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Month: November 2013

God’s Therefore (Sermon for Nov. 17, 2013)

God’s Therefore (Sermon for Nov. 17, 2013)

God’s Therefore A sermon for Nov. 17, 2013, St. Matthew Parish George Martin  I had a reflection on the theology of Job at the third hole while I played golf on Friday. You may remember that the book of Job is about trying to explain what appears to be unjust suffering and pain. It is Job’s so-called friends, who presume that the afflictions Job suffers must call for some kind of repentance on his part. He must first seek God’s…

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“Celebrating Baptism” — Nov. 10, 2013 Sermon (St. Matthew’s)

“Celebrating Baptism” — Nov. 10, 2013 Sermon (St. Matthew’s)

Celebrating Baptism A sermon for Nov. 10, 2013 St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin  Not too many can say that they attended their Father’s baptism, but I was there when my father was baptized. I was 15 years old at the time when he was baptized on a Saturday afternoon at St. Michael’s in the Hills in Ottawa Hills. It’s part of Toledo, Ohio where I was born and lived the first 18 years of my life. My…

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“It’s About Atonement” Sermon for 10/27/2013 (St. Matthew’s)

“It’s About Atonement” Sermon for 10/27/2013 (St. Matthew’s)

It’s About Atonement Sermon for Oct. 27, 2013 based on Luke 18:9-14 George Martin  Years ago I did some dumb things when I stood in the pulpit. I probably still do….hopefully with less frequency. The story of the Pharisee and the tax collector comes into the church’s liturgy every three years and I remember preaching on this text one Sunday when wasn’t as wise as I am now. You see, I didn’t start off the sermon. I let the country…

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