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Front Matter

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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p. vii

The Paul W. Powell Chapel of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University is beautifully appointed. Among its adornments are stained glass windows. Recently, nine faculty of the seminary pondered...

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1. A Sermon on the Chancel Window

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pp. 1-10

I was at a conference last year where devotions were led one morning by a pastor who showed a picture of a famous stained glass window from a church in Germany. It was a picture of Christ being crucified upside down. It...

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2. A Sermon on the Study and Reading of Scripture Stained Glass Window

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pp. 11-18

I want to tell you a story I heard recently that I enjoyed a lot, and I hope you will enjoy it also. Apparently, three Christian women died and arrived in heaven at about the same time. So here they were, standing outside the pearly...

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3. A Sermon on the Leadership Stained Glass Window

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pp. 19-30

David Garland informed us in his sermon that he doesn’t do windows. Well, we junior faculty members don’t really have a choice. In these difficult economic times at Baylor, “doing windows” is built into our contracts....

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4. A Sermon on the Writing Stained Glass Window

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pp. 31-42

Even before the advent of the PC (personal computer), e-mail, and instant messaging, letter writing had become an antiquated activity, a lost art. Perhaps this precipitous decline was due in part to the ubiquitous telephone...

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5. A Sermon on the Counseling Stained Glass Window

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pp. 43-58

Most of you have a prejudice. It is not a prejudice often noted in public. We could just as well confront that intolerant narrow-mindedness today. In a place such as this it should be exposed for what it is. You have a prejudice...

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6. A Sermon on the Preaching Stained Glass Window

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pp. 59-66

Elijah the Tishbite was on the lam, on the run from the law, a fugitive from justice—Jezebel’s justice. Ahab the king called him his enemy, “the troubler of Israel”—that’s Old Testament for un-American! No wonder! He had predicted a drought, which was not good news for an agriculturally based economy. He had...

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7. A Sermon on the Prayer and Praise Stained Glass Window

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pp. 67-76

“What light through yonder window breaks?” Romeo said, “It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.”1 Well, that answer won’t preach, but the question is a good one. Our liturgy this morning, our work, is to discern...

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8. A Sermon on the Justice and Mercy Stained Glass Window

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pp. 77-90

It was the fall of 1997. I had just moved to my first teaching post and in November was scheduled to deliver a paper at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. The topic of the paper concerned the reign of God...

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9. A Sermon on the Rose window

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pp. 91-101

We are only days away from the end of this semester’s journey. Since its beginning fourteen weeks ago, we have journeyed together in a number of ways. We have gathered day after day around Old and New Testament texts, the story of the church, the Anabaptists...

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