"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.
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 23:1-12 Commentary
by Sharon H. Ringe
As a resident of Washington, DC, I recognize political rhetoric, caricatures, and trash-talk when I hear them, and I hear them loud and clear in Matthew 23:1-12.
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Micah 3:5-12 Commentary
by Fred Gaiser
This year, at least for many, Pentecost 20 is also Reformation Sunday, but we really need not change or manipulate the texts chosen for the former in order to observe the latter.
Joshua 3:7-17 Commentary
by Carolyn J. Sharp
The story of the crossing of the Jordan highlights the authorization of Joshua's leadership and demonstrates that sustained attentiveness to sacred tradition is foundational for Israel's cultural identity. ...
Psalm 43 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
An Initial Decision: Psalm 43? Or Psalm 42/43?
Psalm 43, in its canonical placement, is actually the final third of a longer poem which makes up all of Psalm 42-43.1
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Commentary
by Holly Hearon
These verses are a continuation of the 'diary' begun in 2:1, and further develop the story of how Paul, Silvanus and Timothy conducted themselves among the Thessalonians.
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Brainwave 201: Lectionary Texts for Oct. 30, 2011
October 30, 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, David Lose, and Matt Skinner for a conversation around preaching the lectionary texts for Pentecost 20: Joshua 3:7-17, Micah 3:5-12, Psalm 43 (3), 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Matthew 23:1-12