Marc Chagall. Jacob's Ladder, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn.
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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Commentary
by Warren Carter
After explaining the parable of the seed and different types of ground, Matthew’s Jesus again employs an agricultural setting for the parable concerning weeds sown and growing among the wheat crop. ...
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Isaiah 44:6-8 Commentary
by Samuel Giere
The prophet’s preaching is focused on God’s being.
Genesis 28:10-19a Commentary
by Esther M. Menn
Jacob’s surprising encounter with God at Bethel leads to reflection about where we as individuals and as congregations meet God unexpectedly on life’s journey.
Psalm 86:11-17 Commentary
by Walter C. Bouzard
No small amount of ink has been spilled trying to sort out the structure of this prayer song of the individual.
Romans 8:12-25 Commentary
by J.R. Daniel Kirk
When he received the Spirit as his baptism, Jesus was proclaimed to be God’s son. Driven by the Spirit, Jesus was tempted; empowered by the Spirit, Jesus exorcised demons.
Wheat and Tares and Other Truths about the Kingdom of Heaven
by Karoline Lewis
July 20, 2014
Dear Working Preachers,
Good and evil side by side, co-existing without set checks and balances, without resolute criteria for adjudicating which is which, without a sense of qualifications ...
Brainwave 364 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 16)
Discussion on texts for Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 16) (July 20, 2014): (Gospel) Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; (1st Reading) Isaiah 44:6-8; (Semicontinuous 1st Reading) Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 86:11-17; (2nd Reading) Romans 8:12-25.