A Provocation: Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost: August 20, 2017: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Another blast from the past. And it still fits the world that is keeping us awake at night.


Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:

15:11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”

15:12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”

15:13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

15:14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”

15:15 But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”

15:16 Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding?

15:17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?

15:18 But what comes…

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2 thoughts on “A Provocation: Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost: August 20, 2017: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

  1. Thank you, as always, for these provocations. They don’t always have a direct connection to what I end of preaching, but they frequently influence my preparation and devotional thoughts. I greatly appreciate your spirit, creativity, and passion in sharing them. I also missed seeing you and others at the Festival Gathering but was glad for online offerings.

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    1. I missed you all as well! And thanks for the comments. I begin with the assumption that actual preachers will figure out what to actually preach about. I think I can be most helpful if I provide nudges, surprises, and things to push back against. I hope it helps!


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