Last Sunday our pastor preached on the dangers of falling into either of the two ditches along the side of the road: legalism and antinomianism. Both, he said, leave out Jesus. He went on to explore what that means with a reading of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) that I had never thought of before.
From Rev. James Douthwaite, St. Athanasius Lutheran Church: Pentecost 23 Sermon:
Last week the parable Jesus told talked about waiting – waiting for the end, waiting for that day when Jesus returns. We noted that while many fear that day – judgment day! – Jesus described it for us as a day of joy, the start of a wedding feast that has no end. So we can look forward to that day and wait for it not in fear, but with a joyful anticipation.