Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Overview of Year 2
Preaching Series on Creeds
Preaching Series on Sabbath
Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 7-11; Luke 15:11-32 Commentary
by Kara K. Root
[This is Week 3 of a 3-week preaching series on Sabbath.]
Preaching texts: Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 7-11; Luke 15:11-32
Our Deuteronomy text is a striking illustration of the trust the Israelites are invited to live in. What a shift to go from many generations of slavery, to a generation of absolute and total dependence on God in the wilderness -- both of these rigorous but fairly simple and very clear-cut ways to live -- to now owning land, having power, shaping and living in a society with all the complications and messiness that brings. In case the wilderness manna wasn’t enough, in case the practice of resting every seventh day isn’t enough, God says every seventh year all debts will be erased.
God recognizes how insidious the mindset is, how sin creeps in and entices us to build ourselves up at others’ expense, to guard and protect our perceived worth and ignore others’ need. So, a clean slate every seven years ought to prevent the consolidation of power and the disempowering and dehumanizing of ...
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2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
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NL Podcast 368: Preaching Series on Sabbath
September 01, 2019
This podcast covers the three-week summer preaching series on Sabbath featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn. for Working Preacher.