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Fightin’ Words: the Canaanite Woman

I have always had a love for this Gospel narrative, but it is a love that has become more firmly rooted and grown greater with further exploration and its paired lectionary scriptures this morning.

The Gospel begins with Jesus teaching a lesson that was essential in the biblical Ancient Near East (ANE), but it remains essential in our own time and place as highlighted with the current social unrest regarding the worth of human life despite race, ethnicity, or nationality; age; gender, gender identity, or sexuality; socio-economics; political affiliations; religious adherence or lack thereof; or otherwise.

Jesus teaches that it is not about adhering to a purity code concerned with the food one consumes, their personal hygiene practiced, or who one has interactions.

But, with that said, please continue to practice personal hygiene, social distancing, and other COVID19 precautions.

Jesus teaches, instead, that one is defiled or “unclean” through the sins rooted in our heart such as:

  • manipulation and evil intentions;
  • causing harm to one in mind, body, or soul;
  • being lustful or unfaithful;
  • desiring or taking what belongs to another; and
  • speaking falsely.

Although included in the Ten Commandments, these are not included in the purity code.

Immediately afterwards, Jesus seemingly flirts with not practicing what he preaches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 24, 2020 in Sermons


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Sharing Our Crumbs

The original title was “Encountering the Other”,
but I do believe “Sharing Our Crumbs” is more fitting.

Our scripture this Sunday morning is perhaps one of my favorite gospel accounts.

There is much discussion and debate about the story of this woman.

  • There are questions about her tone of voice approaching Christ.
  • There are questions about if Christ used this purely as a teaching moment.
  • There are questions about if Christ had a change of mind and/or heart.

This story begins with Jesus trying to get away.
We have heard this before, Jesus worn from his ministry, teachings, and miracles needs time for rest and restoration.  Jesus goes into a little household hoping (expecting)  his moment of peace and quiet.

BUT, this woman shows up.
This is not only a woman, but a Gentile and Syrophoenician.
She is essentially the opposite of Christ and his disciples.
She is the “other” AND she had the nerve to crash his time for rest and restoration.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 11, 2018 in Sermons


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Pride and the Canaanite

Pride and the Canaanite


There are weeks when you look at the texts and know there is a deep connection to what is going on in our world, in our time, and in our place. Sometimes it would be easy to walk away from the connection, to ignore it, and to find something more warm and fuzzy to preach on OR you can decide to preach the hard sermon hitting it head on.

This is one of my favorite stories in the Gospels, perhaps my favorite in the Gospel of Matthew particularly. We have this woman, who her and her story, serve as a turning point in Matthew’s gospel. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Sermons


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