Matthew 20:1-16: Justice Comes in the Evening

By Matthew L. Skinner … [Read more...]

Exodus 14:19–31: Singing Through the Sorrow

By Barbara Kay Lundblad What is the text for this Sunday, September 11?  The minister may read a text from the Bible but many people will be hearing other texts that aren’t in the book: the reading of names, the melancholy drone of bagpipes, a final goodbye left on an answering machine. Some of us may return to scripture verses read ten years ago – Lamentations’ poignant picture of the lonely city that once was full of people or the psalmist’s assurance: “God is in the midst of the … [Read more...]

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders and Outsiders

By Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman Matthew 18:15-20is an insider's text for outsiders. From Matthew's perspective, Jesus is both warning and assuring those inside the young Christian church. It is a church, however, whose members stand outside the main streams of both religious and civil practice. … [Read more...]

Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Has No Part-Time

By Greg Carey Matthew 16:21-28 confronts us with the gap between Jesus’ gruesome fate and our own modest discipleship.  Jesus’ verbs say it all.  Deny the self, take up the cross, follow Christ.  Moreover, only in losing one’s life – the primary meaning of apollymi is to destroy – one may save it.  And Jesus apparently means it.  Judgment he says, involves “repaying” people according to what they have done.  At this moment we are hearing Matthew’s distinctive voice:  … [Read more...]

Exodus 1:8-2:10: Faith in the Past, Present, and Future

By Eric D. Barreto Had fear prevailed, we would not know the name “Moses” today. Had Pharaoh triumphed, the story of God’s liberation of God’s enslaved people could not be told. Had a number of women not acted out of compassion and courage, the extermination of a people would have been sharply felt by them but probably forgotten by history. … [Read more...]

Matthew 15:21-28: Teaching Jesus

By Barbara Kay Lundblad This story in Matthew 15 is very troubling. A Canaanite woman cries out to Jesus to heal her daughter. By the end of the story, her daughter has been healed -- but between the crying and the healing, Jesus says some terrible things. He’s arrogant, racist and just plain mean. We may believe that Jesus was “truly human,” but we don’t want him to be too human. … [Read more...]


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