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Looking for Lenten midweek inspiration? Revisit Matt Skinner's five-part preaching series from 2016 on sensing the Gospel.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 7:24-37 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
In last week’s gospel text, Jesus took to task the Pharisees and scribes for their ideas of “purity” and their judgment of those who did not conform to their standards of piety. Now, as ...
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Isaiah 35:4-7a Commentary
by Anathea Portier-Young
The oracle begins with a command to speak, to proclaim words that remedy weakness and conquer fear (Isaiah 35:4).1
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Commentary
by James Limburg
I remember Mickey.
Psalm 146 Commentary
by Esther M. Menn
Psalm 146 opens a collection of five hallelujah psalms at the end of the book of Psalms (146-150).1
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 Commentary
by Margaret Aymer
James 2:1-17 invites believers to examine their relationships with one another, particularly along class lines, their understanding of the role of the Torah in the Christian life, and their willingness ...
A Tyre Mentality
by Karoline Lewis
September 09, 2018
It seems that no one can keep quiet when in the presence of God, as much as Jesus orders silence. “For saying that, the demon has left your daughter.” “The mute ...
Sermon Brainwave #622 - Ordinary 23 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Discussion on texts for Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sept. 9, 2018): (Gospel) Mark 7:24-37; (First Reading) Isaiah 35:4-7a; (Semi-continuous First Reading) Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 146; (Second Reading) James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.