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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 4:26-34 Commentary
by Matt Skinner
Mark contains few parables, but the ones that are there really count.
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Ezekiel 17:22-24 Commentary
by Charles L. Aaron, Jr.
Ezekiel can proclaim God’s judgment in stark, forceful ways: “You have feared the sword; and I will bring the sword upon you, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 11:8).
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 Commentary
by Alphonetta Wines
More than once, readers, including myself, have looked at how much space scripture gives to David and wondered, “Why?”
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 Commentary
by Scott Shauf
The superscription for Psalm 92 declares it to be “a song for the Sabbath day.”
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17 Commentary
by David E. Fredrickson
If given the chance to interrogate Paul directly on this passage, my side of the conversation would look something like this:
by Karoline Lewis
June 17, 2018
“The earth produces on its own.” Thank God, literally.
Every once in a while Jesus gives us a break -- a break from the demands of bringing about the Kingdom of God. ...
SB610 - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Ord. 11)
Discussion on texts for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (June 17, 2018): (Gospel) Mark 4:26-34; (First Reading) Ezekiel 17:22-24; (Semi-continuous First Reading) 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; (Second Reading) 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.