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Robert Keefer

Sermon for September 18: Faith like Abraham's

Faith Like Abraham's Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 25); September 18, 2016 Genesis 15:1-6 My theology teacher in seminary told us what it means to have faith. He was working in their backyard, and his young son had crawled up onto the roof of the garage. When the son realized that David had seen him, the son cried out, "Daddy, catch me!" and jumped. David...
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Sermon for September 11 on Adam & Eve

​ "Where are you?" Pentecost XVII (O. T. 24); September 11, 2016 Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-9 The Narrative Lectionary, which we are using this year, has four different cycles of readings: one for each Gospel. And the Sunday after Labor Day it always starts at the beginning, but it's not the same beginning every year. One year it is Noah, another y...
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Sermon for September 4: Lead us not into temptation

​ ​Note to readers: The version printed differs from the recorded version in several places. I made some changes that morning in response to a news story, but decided to put the original here on our website. "And do not bring us to the time of trial." Pentecost XVI (O. T. 23); September 4, 2016 Luke 11:2-4 I wonder what I can tell you folks about t...
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Sermon from August 21: Daily Bread

​ "Give us each day our daily bread." Pentecost XIV (O. T. 21); August 21, 2016 Luke 11:2-4 A lot of what we call the Lord's Prayer is challenging or difficult. But, from our point of view, perhaps the silliest line in the prayer is "Give us this day our daily bread." If you think it through, nothing in that line conforms to the way people think ab...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for July 31: Job Replies

​ Job Replies Pentecost XI (O. T. 18); July 31, 2016 Job 38:25-27, 41:1-8, 42:1-6 Last week I introduced God's aria at the end of the book of Job: the Lord God sings rapturously from the whirlwind about the morning stars and the sea, and then reflects on sunlight and snow. There is this brief piece (38:25-27) from a long section about the rain (Not...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from July 24 - "Where were you?"

​ "Where were you?" Pentecost X (O. T. 17); July 24, 2016 Job 31:35-37, 38:1-11 In working with you through the Book of Job this month, I think that I have not done justice to Job's agony. He has experienced great loss. He was wealthy; all his possessions were taken from him. He was healthy; he is suffering from a terrible skin disease. He had a go...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for July 17: Mortality and Hope

​ Mortality and Hope Pentecost IX (O. T. 16); July 17, 2016 Job 14:7-15, 19:23-27 I remember who wrote the letter, and about when he wrote it, but I can't find it. Given my obsession with saving and organizing, perhaps it was an email. The disadvantage of emails is they are ephemeral: they come and go; they die in the ether. A written letter, howev...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for July 10: Dare We Talk About It?

​ Dare We Talk About It? Pentecost VIII (O. T. 15); July 10, 2016 Job 4:1-9, 7:11-21 If you did not hear last Sunday's sermon, fear not; I expect that today's will make sense to you anyway. You may wish that it didn't; one of my colleagues recently told me that in his most recent sermon he had managed to offend everyone in the congregation over the...
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Sermon for July 3: Job, the Setup

​ Job: The Setup Pentecost VII (O. T. 14); July 3, 2016 Job 1:1-22 This month our worship is going to take us on a quick tour of the Book of Job. A quick tour is sufficient for most of us; those few who really love a great piece of literature might want to read the whole thing. It includes some of the most gorgeous poetry in the Bible, and really d...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from June 12: Faith is not Blind

​ Faith is not Blind Pentecost IV (O. T. 11); June 12, 2016 II Corinthians 4:16-5:10 If you would like, you can find your pick of things to be troubled about. Another mass shooting, this time in Orlando, the aches and pains some of you are experiencing, a diagnosis of uncertain implications, what to do with your children through the long summer. At...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for June 5: Yet It Is a Treasure

​ Yet It Is a Treasure Pentecost III; June 5, 2016 II Corinthians 4:1-15 Let me tell you a little bit about Refugio Haddad. She was a little Mexican-American lady, member of a church I served in Arizona. When I knew her she was a widow; her husband (who was Lebanese, hence her interesting combination of names) had left all he had in stock in one en...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for May 29: To All of You

​ To All of You Pentecost II; May 29, 2016 II Corinthians 2:1-10 Today I'm preaching from the Narrative Lectionary, and will be for at least the coming year. The summer series begins with II Corinthians through June, and continues in July with the book of Job. There are pieces missing from the puzzle to make sense of these words. The main theme – p...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Pentecost: The Spirit's Peace

​ The Spirit's Peace Pentecost; May 15, 2016 John 14:15-17, 25-27 Let's work backwards through the text: I'll riff on that word "peace" for a bit, then back up to the rest of the Scripture. You may have heard the Hebrew word "Shalom," which is usually translated as "Peace." And it does mean "peace" as we ordinarily use the word: nobody invading you...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for May 8: Completely One

​ Completely One Ascension; May 8, 2016 John 17:20-26 Maybe you remember that my last sermon was about table-talk at the Last Supper. Jesus and his friends had eaten and had completed their ritual for Passover, and they talked. Mostly, Jesus talked to them. Then he started praying, praying for his friends. This is the last part of his prayer; after...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for April 24: Loving into the Second Fifty

Artist Name - Loving into the Second Fifty

​ Loving into the Second Fifty Easter V; April 24, 2016 John 13:31-35 This is table-talk. You know how sometimes when you are with family and friends, you have dinner together, and then you clear away the dishes and sit and talk. Perhaps you are nursing a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of brandy, and you talk over the events of the day. Perhaps U...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for April 17: Creo porque creemos

Artist Name - Sermon from April 17

​ Creo porque creemos Easter IV; April 17, 2016 John 10:22-30 There are a lot of weighty sayings in this short piece of teaching from the mouth of Jesus. There is a lot here worthy of consideration. For some reason – and I will, as usual, attribute it to the work of the Holy Spirit! – the line that caught my attention was, "But you do not believe, ...
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Sermon for April 10: Another Dawn

Robert Keefer - Another Dawn

​ Another Dawn Easter III; April 10, 2016 John 21:1-19 This week I went to visit my mentor, teacher, and friend. He is in hospice care, and we do not know how long he will live. Many of us have been taking it in turn to visit him. So I flew to Boston, and drove through a snowstorm to the Upper Connecticut Valley. That evening was chilly and dreary ...
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Sermon for Maundy Thursday

​ Look Who is at the Table Maundy Thursday; March 24, 2016 Luke 22:14-27 and Psalm 139:1-6 In adult Sunday School this month we have read and thought about Psalm 139. Mike, our teacher, asked very provocative questions to get us thinking about what we bring to the Lord's Table. Some of us brought cheese, some cookies, some fruit. All of us brought ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from Good Friday

On Good Friday, I was one of seven preachers in the service at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Each of us had one of the "seven last words" as a subject; mine was "I thirst." "I Thirst" Good Friday; March 25, 2016 John 19:28-29 I hope someone else here is wondering what Scripture John is referring to when he writes that Jesus said "(in order to f...
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Sermon for Easter

Robert Keefer - The Big Deal

The Big Deal The Resurrection of the Lord Easter; March 27, 2016 Luke 24:1-12 Isn't it fun coming to church on Easter? There are flowers all over the front, and we have communion, and we have brass to play for us and the bells and the choir sings a barnburner. And the preacher wears his fanciest outfit. We make a big deal out of celebrating Resurre...
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