"Abraham and Isaac," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Commentary
by Dale Allison
The main point of Matthew's version of the parable of the sower is to offer an explanation. In order to see this, one needs to review the narrative logic of the entire Gospel to this point.
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Isaiah 55:10-13 Commentary
by Juliana Claassens
The job description of the prophet contains among other less than coveted tasks the ability to speak a life-giving word of hope when all the events seem to point to the contrary.
Genesis 25:19-34 Commentary
by Esther M. Menn
God may be commonly associated with the gifts of peace and unity, but this story of the struggle between Jacob and his brother, Esau, highlights family conflict as a context within which God also works. ...
Romans 8:1-11 Commentary
by Marion L. Soards
The transition between chapters 7 and 8 presents interpreters with a challenge, namely, to know exactly where one of Paul's thoughts leaves off and another of his thoughts begins.
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Brainwave 008: Lectionary Texts for 13 July
July 13, 2008
Join Profs. Karoline Lewis, David Lose and Matthew Skinner for a conversation around preaching the lectionary texts for 13 July: Isa 55:10-13, Gen 25:19-34, Rom 8:1-11, Matt 13:1-9, 18-23.