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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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What is Truth?

We often hear about Scripture as black-and-white and clear cut, but is it?

Jesus tells the disciples that he will send them (and us) the Holy Spirit to remind us of Jesus’ teachings of truth and arguably lead us on the right pathways.
But, what is truth?

Scripture might be black and red ink, depending on the Bible, printed on white paper, but that does not make it black-and-white.

We all come to Scripture with an understanding or particularly tinted lens, which colors Scripture in a particular light for better and for worse.

We can “justify” nearly any stance or ideology we desire, even if it is only a verse or two from the whole and often irresponsibly out-of-context.

For example, I had a Social Studies – English joint course in High School with an assignment to argue for or against a controversial topic. It was prepared in conversation with a classmate, who shared the topic but was your opposition. It was intended to build skills in logic, reason, and debate.

My controversial topic was capital punishment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Sermons

 

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