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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Commentary
by Warren Carter
Since chapter 4:17, Matthew’s Jesus has manifested the empire of God as the agent of God’s saving presence (1:21-23).
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Isaiah 55:10-13 Commentary
by Samuel Giere
These last few verses of Isaiah 55 offer an image of new creation with the natural world serving as a metaphor for the life-giving movement and effectiveness of the word of the Lord.
Genesis 25:19-34 Commentary
by Amy Merrill Willis
Genesis 25:19-34 begins a group of narratives that biblical commentators usually call “the Jacob Cycle” and which the Hebrew Bible calls “the toledot (generations or descendants) of Isaac” ...
Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13 Commentary
by Walter C. Bouzard
Although the central section of this psalm is comprised of hymnic praise of God, the psalm as a whole suggests that the prayer exemplifies what Walter Brueggemann categorized as psalms of reorientation. ...
Romans 8:1-11 Commentary
by L. Ann Jervis
Until this point in Romans, Paul has taken his hearers through the “shadowlands” of the faith.
Birds, Thorns, and Other Surprising Responses to God’s Word
by Karoline Lewis
July 13, 2014
Dear Working Preachers,
The “Word of God” is an elusive and complicated topic, isn’t it? What comes to mind for people in the pews when they hear “Word ...
Sermon Brainwave #363 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 15)
Discussion on texts for Ordinary 15 (July 13, 2014): (Gospel) Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; (1st Reading) Isaiah 55:10-13; (Semicontinuous 1st Reading) Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13; (2nd Reading) Romans 8:1-11.