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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 9:38-50 Commentary
by Philip Ruge-Jones
This story comes as Jesus heads toward Jerusalem.
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Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Commentary
by Terence E. Fretheim
These verses stand near the beginning of part II of Israel's time of wandering in the wilderness, having just departed from Mt. Sinai (10:11-36:13; see Exodus 15:22-18:27 for part I).1
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Commentary
by Cameron B.R. Howard
In the language of literary analysis, chapter 7 is the climax of the book of Esther; in the language of reality television, it’s the “big reveal.”
Psalm 19:7-14 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
C.S. Lewis called Psalm 19 "the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world."1
James 5:13-20 Commentary
by Robert Hoch
Whenever I think of James’ picture of the poisonous tongue (James 3:1-12), I think of the way human gossip works, or the way, in small groups, we will speak uncharitably about others, our neighbors ...
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Sermon Brainwave #625 - Ordinary 26 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
September 30, 2018
Discussion on texts for Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sept. 30, 2018): (Gospel) Mark 9:38-50; (First Reading) Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; (Semi-continuous First Reading) Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 19:7-14; (Second Reading) James 5:13-20. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.