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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 22:15-22 Commentary
by Lance Pape
Politically, just about the only thing Pharisees and Herodians have in common is that they don’t like Jesus.
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Isaiah 45:1-7 Commentary
by Patricia Tull
This passage stands in the center of the first half of Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55), which was composed in the middle of the sixth century B.C.E. to encourage Judeans scattered by the Babylonian destruction ...
Exodus 33:12-23 Commentary
by Eric Mathis
Exodus 33 shows Israel in a state of panic. Plain and simple, God’s people were in triage management following the fiasco with the golden calf (Exodus 32).
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13] Commentary
by Nancy Koester
Psalm 96 is for royalty. It should start with timpani and end with a trumpet. (If you don’t have a drummer or trumpeter handy, read on.)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Commentary
by Michael Joseph Brown
If anything, this letter is about relationship and imitation. Paul makes this clear from the beginning.
by Karoline Lewis
October 19, 2014
Dear Working Preachers,
We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13.
We may ...
Sermon Brainwave #378 - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 29)
Discussion on texts for Ordinary 29 (Oct. 19, 2014): (Gospel) Matthew 22:15-22; (1st Reading) Isaiah 45:1-7; (Semicontinuous 1st Reading) Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]; (2nd Reading) 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.