The Pharisees continued trying to trap Jesus. They were experts in Jewish law, and they kept trying to either show that Jesus didn’t know the law (which always proved to be a big mistake), or to get him to take a side in some controversial issue that would polarize his followers, so that they would fall away from him. Again in the Gospel reading today, they failed to recognize who they were dealing with.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2015
Topic: How exclusive are we?
In last week’s lesson from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He expected their time with him to change them from the inside out; to transform them. There is no place for an ego in serving God. The image this brings to me is Jimmy Carter wielding a hammer as he helps build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 20, 2015
Topic: About being vulnerable
This past Thursday and Friday were the start of preschool chapel for the school year. Our class on Thursday is about 15 children. After my introduction to the kids about what this room is for, I had help from Kristie, Robin and Julie to teach a Bible lesson using puppets…
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