Where All Hope Lies: Sermons for the Liturgical Year
Foreword by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
"Where All Hope Lies" presents fifty-six select sermons by James Van Tholen, a gifted young pastor who lost his battle with cancer in January 2001 at the age of thirty-six.
Though Jim's untimely death gives a certain poignancy to this volume, these sermons are far from dark or despairing. Van Tholen's conversational style, thought-provoking insights into Scripture, and frequent interaction with such writers as Flannery O'Connor, Frederick Buechner, Kathleen Norris, and others make these sermons truly enjoyable as well as profitable to read. Through them all there runs a sense of concentrating on what really matters -- trusting in God no matter what suffering or difficulties might come our way. Indeed, as demonstrated by the book's title sermon -- first published in "Christianity Today" as Surprised by Death -- more than anything, Van Tholen preached the grace and goodness of God.
Including a foreword by Neal Plantinga and a closing reflection on the man behind the sermons by Jim's wife, Rachel, "Where All Hope Lies" offers gracious, powerful, uplifting words for believers throughout the church year.
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"For we do not proclaim ourselves," as St. Paul put it; "we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord" (2 Cor. 4:5). To follow St. Paul in this task, ...
... belong to ourselves, that we are not our own authors or centers, and that, surprisingly, this is a comfort. They might hear that idolaters want to carry ...
... and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself, ...
And we fool ourselves if we think frolicking with evil, sending our devotion elsewhere, giving him just a part of us, doesn't matter to him.
... whatever we go through and however alone we feel, the God of the world did not leave us to ourselves but joined us in the place of our suffering.
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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Filling Up on Grace 2 Corinthians 6113
TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Master Copies Ephesians 417520
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME The Importance of Old Sermons Hebrews 1378
Sermons from the Minor Prophets
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Day of the Locust Joel 124
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Damaged Worship Amos 51827
SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME When a Brother Laughs Obadiah
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY Sharing a Mind Philippians 429
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT Remembering the Way Deuteronomy 26111
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT A Gruesome Promise Genesis 15
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT If You Think 1 Corinthians 10117
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT The Steadfast Face of God Leviticus 17 Luke 94662
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT A Question Ahead of Its Time John 1838
PALM SUNDAY An Alien King Mark 11110 152530
EASTER SUNDAY The First Word John 20118
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER One Thing Left to Say Psalm 150
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Resurrecting Peter John 211525
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Leaving before the Benediction Matthew 52124 Micah 668
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Yeast Changes Everything Matthew 1333 Micah 668
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER They Burn Offerings Dont They? Romans 12121 Micah 618
ASCENSION Waiting Psalm 130 Acts 1311
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Religion in the Way Mark 93041
PENTECOST SUNDAY Home Is Where the Spirit Is Romans 81217
TRINITY SUNDAY As They Are One John 172026
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Labels John 753811
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Losses That Count Psalm 88 John 11144
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME The Prayer Jonah 2
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME How to Turn Off God Micah 3
TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Waging Peace Micah 415
TWENTYFIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME God the Enemy Nahum
TWENTYSECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME In the Meantime Habakkuk
TWENTYTHIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME The End of Zephaniah Zephaniah 1
TWENTYFOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Choosing Jerusalem Zechariah 116 2113
TWENTYFIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Gods Lasting Burden Malachi 115 4
Sermons from the Book of Revelation
TWENTYSEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Found in the Cosmos Daniel 2
TWENTYEIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME But If Not Daniel 3
TWENTYNINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Better Off with the Lions Daniel 6
Sermons from the Book of Revelation
THIRTYFIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME So Much for Keeping Score Revelation 31422
THIRTYSECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME But Will the Buses Smell Better? Revelation 2116
THIRTYTHIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Coming to the End Revelation 22721
Sermons for Various Occasions
THANKSGIVING DAY Thanks But No Thanks Philippians 41020
NEW YEARS EVE Meditation Galatians 417
GOOD FRIDAY Meditation Mark 144346 5052
BAPTISM The Waters of Israel 2 Kings 5114
The Man Behind the Sermons