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  • 2000 Year Old Preacher Cycle B


    “I am old and ready to die. To be truthful, I have been ready to die for years, but right now, I feel ready as I have never been before.”

    This quote was taken from one of David Leininger’s sermons titled “Simeon: A Monologue,” in which he takes at one of the most well-known stories in the Bible, Jesus’ Visit to the Temple, and looks at it from a new perspective. Throughout The 2000 Year Old Preacher, he invites his audience to do the same, observing this holiday season from a new angle.

    Consider the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her status as the favored one of God. In his sermon, “Mary’s Complaint,” Leininger references how the favored mother of Jesus does not complain during her complications as she carries the Son of God, but continues to praise His name and remain grateful for the privilege that she had been given.

    Leininger uses a variety of topics to ask his congregation to view their lives from a new perspective, using sermons such as:
    *Advent 3: Hark the Herald…What? (John 1:6-8, 19-28)
    *Nativity of Our Lord: God Bless Santa! (Luke 2:1-20)
    *Epiphany 5: Heroines of the Faith (Mark 1:29-39)

    So take a step back from viewing the forest and look at the trees, have a seat at the feet of God, and experience new worlds that Leininger paints with his words of wisdom throughout The 2000 Year Old Preacher.

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  • As We Believe So We Behave


    When it comes to our faith, what exactly do we believe? Many Christians might be hard-pressed to give a coherent answer to that question… at least on their own. Yet we do clearly articulate our faith week in and week out during worship as we repeat the familiar affirmations in the Apostles’ Creed. And we not only give voice to these statements, we also live them — since belief and behavior are inextricably linked, even if we are not always aware of it. For example, if we believe that we will be burned when we touch a hot iron, then we will avoid touching it. What we believe determines how we behave.

    If we truly believe the creed, how does that affect our behavior? If we truly believe in “one God, the Father almighty” or in “Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,” how do our lives reflect that belief? As We Believe, So We Behave examines each tenet of the Apostles’ Creed and illuminates how it affects what we say and do on a daily basis. Leininger demonstrates that the faith statements embedded in the creed are not dry collections of ancient words mumbled quietly every Sunday. Rather, they are vibrant and vital elements in our walk with God, impacting every aspect of our lives

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  • Lectionary Tales For The Pulpit Series 6 Cycle A


    Whether you pick up this book as relaxed devotional reading or are searching for a last-minute sermon illustration, you’ll be delighted with the imaginative and inspirational stories in the newest installment in CSS’ popular Lectionary Tales for the Pulpit series. David Leininger takes you right to the heart of the scriptures with a rich variety of captivating material illustrating Cycle A lectionary texts. His thought-provoking reflections are certain to enrich your spiritual life — and point out the myriad ways in which God is at work in our daily lives. This volume is sure to become a favorite resource for pastors and laypersons alike.

    Some of the intriguing chapters are:
    * The Quintessential Evangelist
    * What Boggles Your Mind?
    * Who Woulda Thunk It?
    * The Blame Game
    * Under the Rainbow
    * How Not To Be the Father of the Year
    * The Bush Is Still Burning
    * Leaping Lepers
    …and many more!

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