Sermons from December 2016

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An Icon Tells the Story

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Sermon delivered on CHRISTMAS, December 25, 2016 by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley

“An Icon Tells the Story”

Scripture: John 1:1-14 and Hebrews 4:14-16

                This Christmas morning I want to show you an ancient painting of the baby Jesus and Mary. (Display “Our Lady of Korsun”) The painting is a Russian Orthodox icon from the 10th century. Protestants tend to consider “icons” a bit alien since Orthodox Christians bow and pray in front of them, confess their sins to them, and kiss them as part of their observance of faith. Without delving into the argument concerning iconic worship, at the minimum the image on an icon is intended to inspire reflection and deeper devotion to God.

Femme Fatales and Faulty Fellows in Jesus’ Family Tree

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on December 4, 2016

“Five Feme Fatales and Other Faulty Fellows in Jesus’ Family Tree”

Scriptures:  Matthew 1:1-7 and Ephesians 2:4-9

          Genealogies are hardly interesting, except if they pertain to your family. Consequently, most Christians glance over the boring lists of names in Matthew 1, and conclude that its importance resides in telling us that Jesus descended from the Old Testament characters Abraham and David. This is a mistaken interpretation. If the Bible is the inspired Word of God, there is a specific reason Matthew began his Gospel with a lengthy genealogy.