October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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All things new and improved

Fifth Sunday of Easter

David Kalas

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We don't much care for new things being forced on us, but we do like to have new things offered to us.

When something new is forced upon us, we have a kind of gag reflex that rejects the new and unfamiliar thing as an unwelcome change. We like to be able to chew on something before we have to swallow it. (We recognize and indulge this in ourselves, even though we often resent it in our congregations.)

When something new is offered to us, on the other hand, we are naturally drawn to it. Even if we had not previously felt dissatisfied with our "old" version, the offer of something new makes the old seem somehow inferior. And, of course, in our age of continual upgrades of computer software and hardware, we are encouraged to believe that our old version is, indeed, inferior.

As consumers, we are particularly fond of "new." The word "new" has been...

This sermon commentary, All things new and improved, is based on John 13:31-35 and relates to Fifth Sunday of Easter of Cycle C of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on John 13:31-35 is just one of over 1,000 Sermon Commentaries at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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