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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Commentary
by Elizabeth Webb
In this text, Jesus addresses three different audiences: a group of Pharisees and scribes who raise the question of defilement, the crowd that is perpetually present, and the disciples who, true to character ...
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Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Commentary
by Steed Davidson
Readers of Deuteronomy need to be prepared to travel through time and in the process experience the value of James Russell Lowell’s assertion that “new occasions teach new duties.”
Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Commentary
by Alphonetta Wines
Meetings are called to order. Calls for action are issued to correct problems of social justice. The ring of a cell phone is a call to conversation.
Psalm 15 Commentary
by Esther M. Menn
What makes a good guest?
James 1:17-27 Commentary
by A.K.M. Adam
These verses from the Epistle of James include the point that the epistle is best known for: “[B]e doers of the word, and not merely hearers," just as next week we will read James reminding us that ...
by Karoline Lewis
August 30, 2015
Speaking the truth from your heart. There’s a concept. Welcome back to Mark after five weeks in John 6 and is this ever an appropriate place for reentry into Mark. Mark doesn’t ...
SB433 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 22)
Discussion on texts for Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 22; Aug. 30, 2015): (Gospel) Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; (First Reading) Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; (Semicontinuous First Reading) Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 15; (Second Reading) James 1:17-27.