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Hidden Parables

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Our texts on Sunday came from Matthew chapter 13 and it is a collection of parables.
Parables are challenging to preach on, because usually an explanation accompanies them limiting how you can translate or interpret that into our time and our place.
All of these parables are talking about the kingdom of God and all these parables talk about how the kingdom is hidden.

The first one we have is how the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, small but grows up to be a mighty bush. It calls to mind the story about how if we have faith the size of a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are not the smallest seeds in the world, but they are pretty mighty; in addition to growing huge bushes, they also took the bland foods of Biblical times and added spice to it. Bishop Richard Jaech at our Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly stated that we, as Lutherans, need to be like mustard seeds, “spicy”. The kingdom of God is small, and its mighty, and its flavorful, and its spicy; so is our role within it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Sorting the Wheat and Weeds

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Today, we have another one of those agricultural parables.

Last week, we had one about good soil, about seeds being thrown out as many would consider kind of foolishly. Some landing on a rocky path to be ate by birds; some falling in shallow soil, where they grow quickly but are easily uprooted; And others that fall among weeds and thorns, and they grow but are choked out by the worries and concerns of the world.

Today, we have the one of the wheat and the weeds.

I am not good at growing plants. If it doesn’t make noise, I tend to forget to take care of it. But, I do know that you don’t usually want to let weeds hang out in our garden. And yet, that is precisely what we have in our parable today.

Why wouldn’t it be easy to identify what these weeds are in comparison to wheat?
There seems to be a question about how to remove it without taking the good wheat along with it.

In Jesus’ time, there was a common practice of revenge which was to take seeds for darnel which is a weed, a poisonous weed, that looks like wheat. The common practice of revenge in that day was to planet these bad seeds among the good seeds of your enemy so that when the wheat started growing, the weeds would be growing right along side. It was challenging to tell the difference.

I don’t think that is too hard of a concept for us to get in our time and in our place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in Sermons

 

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“Foolishly” Throwing the Seeds: the Parable of the Sower

Text: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

We are shifting our focus to Jesus’ teaching moments. He seemed to enjoy teaching in parables. As I pondered on the gospel this week, I realized that I have never preached on a parable. Also, I am always learning new things about myself, for example I am not a fan of preaching on the parables.

Let me clarify. It is not the parable, but the parable is ALWAYS paired with an explanation. This explanation can, and often does, feel restrictive for the potential messages to be preached. As a preacher, I have been called to interpret the texts, to breath new life into them, and to share that with all of you. These parable interpretations, however, seem to offer the end product of that process on a silver platter. So, I must tackle the challenge and offer new life into our text. Although I do not make promises, I will try to do just that.      This morning we have the “Parable of the Sower”. This farmer, or sower, is foolishly throwing the seed without caution to where they may fall. Some of these seeds fall in good, prepared soil. Some seeds fall upon a path where the birds eat them. Some seeds fall on rocky ground and was unable to root, so unfavorable weather killed them. Some seeds fall among other plants, which choke them.

I am a farmer’s daughter, although due to unfortunate circumstances my parents lost the farm before I was born. I was, however, raised with the mind-set and agricultural appreciation of a “farmer’s daughter”. I must confess though, I am glad that the family focused more on hogs than corn. My mother and I have black thumbs. My sister, who has degrees in Agribusiness, says if it doesn’t make noise she forgets to water (or feed) it.

But, even I know that a seed requires good soil, good weather, and water to grow. You don’t throw the seed out onto unprepared ground and expect it to grow, right?

We often focus our attention on the soil. This focus on the soil is restrictive. It is not only restrictive, but also self-centered and sinful. Yes, sinful. Martin Luther defined sin as being curved in on the self, or self-centeredness. We have made this parable become about us and our readiness or preparation to receive the seed of God’s word, which is grace. It also becomes about the readiness of others to receive the seed of God’s word (grace).   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Sermons

 

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