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Matthew 21:33-46

Proper 21A

Comments, Questions, and Observations If we thought the last parable was a pointed commentary, this one is sure to make us a little squirmy. Continuing to publicly address the leaders of the temple, Jesus builds his case about the disobedience and rejection he sees from those who ought to know better. Then, he makes a…

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Matthew 21:1-11

Palm Sunday

Comments, Questions, and Observations Somehow, even in the midst of the shouts of praise, the displays of adoration and respect as the crowd prepares the way for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, somehow, even with all this, this text seems understated for what it represents. Or, maybe that’s exactly what it is supposed to feel like…

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Palm Sunday: Salvation’s Hospitality

In the summer of 1991 my wife and I spent some time traveling in Germany. One of our stops was a two-day visit to a pastor and his wife in Wittenberg. At that time, the fall of the Berlin Wall was still a very recent event. What had been the communist-dominated East Germany was still…

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Matthew 21:33-46

Proper 22A

 ******BOOM******* That’s probably not a word (or a sound effect) you associate with the parables of Jesus.  But it’s more apt than you might think. Eugene Peterson famously said that parables are narrative time bombs.  These are stealthy stories that steal into people’s hearts, confusing them initially, throwing them off balance for a while.  After…

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Matthew 21:23-32

Proper 21A

A while back I heard an old Jewish witticism in which someone asks his rabbi, “Why do rabbis always answer a question with another question?” to which the rabbi replied, “Why shouldn’t a rabbi answer a question with another question?” So also in Matthew 21: Jesus side-steps the question of the Pharisees as to the…

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Matthew 21:1-11

Palm Sunday A

Liturgy of the Palms “Who is this?”  Few questions are more important than this one Matthew reports the “whole city” of Jerusalem asks on the first Palm Sunday.  Yet the answer to that question is even more important.  The Holy Spirit inspires Matthew to answer, “This is Jesus.”  But just who is this Jesus? Matthew…

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Matthew 21:33-46

Proper 22A

 ******BOOM******* That’s probably not a word (or a sound effect) you associate with the parables of Jesus.  But it’s more apt than you might think.   Eugene Peterson famously said that parables are narrative time bombs.  These are stealthy stories that steal into people’s hearts, confusing them initially, throwing them off balance for a while….

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Matthew 21:23-32

Proper 21A

A while back I heard an old Jewish witticism in which someone asks his rabbi, “Why do rabbis always answer a question with another question?” to which the rabbi replied, “Why shouldn’t a rabbi answer a question with another question?” So also in Matthew 21: Jesus side-steps the question of the Pharisees as to the…

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Stretched to See

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Salvation’s Hospitality

Preached 3/27/2006  

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