"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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The Sermon Brainwave and Narrative Lectionary podcasts for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are now posted. Blessings as you prepare to preach through Holy Week.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
Jesus tells a second parable about sowing seeds, this time about two sowers -- one who sows good seed to grow wheat, and the enemy who sows weeds among the wheat.
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Isaiah 44:6-8 Commentary
by Brent A. Strawn
Isaiah 44:6-8 is a short, defensible unit, marked off from the unit that follows (verses 9-20) which shifts to prose in the NRSV (contrast NIV and TNK),
Genesis 28:10-19a Commentary
by Juliana Claassens
In the lectionary reading for today, we encounter Jacob on the way. Jacob is portrayed as a fugitive fleeing for his life; a vagabond somewhere between a conflict-ridden past and an uncertain future.
Psalm 86:11-17 Commentary
by Scott Shauf
Psalm 86 is classified by most scholars as a psalm of individual lament, in which an individual expresses the pain of his present condition and seeks relief from God.
Romans 8:12-25 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
In Greek, even more than in English, the word for "flesh" (sarx) points to something different from that to which the word for "body" (soma) points.
Learning to See
by David Lose
July 17, 2011
Dear Working Preacher,
Do you ever stop to wonder what the Bible is? We read it, preach it, sing it, but do we stop to think about what it really is or, perhaps more to the point, ...
Brainwave 184: Lectionary Texts for the 17th of July 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, David Lose, and Matt Skinner,for a conversation around preaching the lectionary texts for Pentecost 5:
Psalm 86:11-17 (11)
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-4