A Provocation: Eighth Sunday After Pentecost: July 30, 2017: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

From 2017.
“The parable requires us to learn to analyze every promise until we see the problem lying latent in it. The parable also trains us to believe that every problem carries a promise in its depths.”

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Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
13:31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

13:32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;

13:46 on finding one pearl of…

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2 thoughts on “A Provocation: Eighth Sunday After Pentecost: July 30, 2017: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

  1. Good afternoon,
    I so very much enjoy your thoughts and am noticing that many of them are from 2017, 3 years ago in our lectionary. I would normally read the current ones from 2020 and also read the ones from 2017.
    Am I not seeing the ones from 2020? Don’t want to be missing your thoughts. I often reference you in our weekly pastor’s text study.
    God’s peace on your day,
    Pastor Tom Rohde
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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    1. This week (and occasionally otherwise) my schedule precludes posting a new piece. If things settle down in a day or two, I’ll post something as quickly as I can. (It’s Course Prep Time for fall semester, and COVID-19 has made that really complicated, and time-consuming.) Thanks for your kind words! I enjoy writing these pieces, and am glad when they prove useful to actual preachers.

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