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Introducing Mark Ellingsen

Mark Ellingsen, Pastor, Theologian, Author

Hi. I’m Mark Ellingsen. I am a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and I am a professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated magna cum laude from Gettysburg College and have received four degrees from Yale University. I have authored many titles. But most recently I wrote the Lectionary Preaching Workbook for CSS Publishing.

Let’s have a dialogue about what you need from Lectionary Scripture Notes from CSS and me. If you have ideas that will provide better interpretation and background on any lectionary texts or point you to themes the texts suggest for your sermons, let us know! If you are seeking more illustrations for your sermons, may we suggest Emphasis online or Storyshare? For comprehensive theological and social analyses of the texts or sermon outlines, we suggest our Lectionary Preaching Workbook. But if changes in the format would benefit you, if you can identify exegetical themes or approaches that we’re inadvertently missing now, send the CSS staff an email or give us a call. We’re all eyes/ears for making this resource even better. And thanks for inviting me and CSS into your study as you prepare for the awesome task to which God has assigned you!

Mark Ellingsen is also the author of eighteen books. For CSS Publishing Mark has written: Lectionary Preaching Workbook, IX, A, B, C; a section of Sermons on the Gospel Readings, II, A; A Word that Sets Free; and Preparation and Manifestation. Mark has written numerous other books. Two of his most recent books are Sin Bravely: A Joyful Alternative to a Purpose-Driven Life (Continuum) and The Integrity of Biblical Narrative (Wipf and Stock).


Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Series IX

by Mark Ellingsen (CSS Publishing Company)

Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Series IX, Cycle A by Mark Ellingsen Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Series IX, Cycle A by Mark Ellingsen Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Series IX, Cycle C by Mark Ellingsen
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    Mary Austin
    Do I Have to Invite Jesus Over for Thanksgiving?
    Matthew 10:24-39; Genesis 21:8-21

    Daytime talk shows, podcasts, and reality TV shows remind us every day that family drama is common, even normal. Advice columns are full of questions about where to place our loyalty. What are our obligations to in-laws, stepchildren, and extended family? What about the troublesome family? The abusive family? None of these questions would have made any sense in Jesus’ day, where loyalty to family was a sacred obligation and duty to family was clear. Family strife may have been normal, but there was no option to check out of the family and find a new one.
         The question of who belongs comes at us constantly, in a world where we can select our own tribe. We can choose to live near people who share our economic status, work with people who share our values, and vacation with people who love the same places. We can eat with people who follow the same eating plan, and shop with people who share our taste. At the ballgame, we sit with people who have the same loyalties. Our news comes slanted to our particular taste.
         But Jesus pokes his way into our cocoon, raising the question of who belongs in a wider family of faith; and Abraham and Sarah, believing they’re following God’s plan, make a choice to exclude rather than include. So who belongs? Who gets to come over for a family dinner?...more
    Proper 7 | OT 12
    The Gospel assigned for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost comes out of the heart of Matthew 10. Last week's text brought us through Chapter 10:23. In the optional verses from 10:9-23 we heard Jesus give additional words of instruction for the disciples as they are set to carry out their mission to Israel. In 10:16-23 there begins a section of Jesus' call and commissioning that portends a mission that will be very difficult....more
    Mark Ellingsen
    Living in Jesus can ease our anxieties
    In accord with the overall theme of the Pentecost season, all the texts for this Sunday pertain to living the Christian life (sanctification), specifically with how Christian life is easy, for it is not our work but the result of God’s grace....more
    C. David McKirachan
    Going Native
    Matthew 10:24-39
    A few years ago, when I’d been in my then church about 10 years, I took a continuing education course called Renewal in the Long Pastorate. Walter Wink and Roy Oswald came at the attendees from both directions, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. To get in you had to be in your present parish at least eight years....more
    Janice Scott
    Gotcha!
    Steven couldn't believe his luck. He'd been slouching around the shopping centre with his hands in his pockets feeling miserable because he had no money. There was a new computer game he was desperate to buy, because all his friends had it and were raving about it. Steven had been wandering around the shop gazing longingly at the game, but he had no means to buy one....more
    Arley K. Fadness
    No Fear
    Object: Football or bicycle helmet

    Have I got something to show you today! But first I have a question.
    Are there things that make you afraid?  (children answer)
    Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of thunder?
    Are you afraid of getting sick or hurt in sports?...more

Authors of
Lectionary Scripture Notes
Norman A. Beck is the Poehlmann Professor of Theology and Classical Languages and the Chairman of the Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Classical Languages at Texas Lutheran University
Dr. Norman A. Beck
Mark Ellingsen is professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Mark Ellingsen

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