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Tag Archives: Pharisees
When is a door not a door?
Jesus is posing his listeners a riddle when he talks of himself in the language of the sheep pen. We only get part of the passage today; we don’t hear Jesus, today, call himself the Good Shepherd. That comes immediately … Continue reading
Posted in sermon Tagged Boko Haram, Cleveland, gate, I am, Jesus, joy, kidnapping, Michelle Knight, Mother's Day, Nigeria, Pharisees, sheep, shepherd, thieves and bandits Leave a comment
Year A Lent 2: born again
The thing about being born is that it is less of an event than a process. We might put a time on the birth of a baby, but the minutes and seconds may seem arbitrary after hours or even days … Continue reading
Posted in sermon Tagged abortion, birth, born again, Christianity, David Rensberger, Jesus, John 3:1-17, Joseph of Arimathea, labour, miscarriage, Nicodemus, Pharisees Leave a comment
Year A Advent 2: Snakes and other stories
There are a lot of snakes in today’s readings. In Isaiah, a small child plays over the nests of asps and adders. In Matthew, John the Baptizer calls the Pharisees a brood of vipers. Now, a quick survey of biblical … Continue reading
“The Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’” So Jesus told them a few stories, about things that were lost and then found, about a boy who got a little lost then found … Continue reading
Posted in sermon preparation Tagged Jesus, judgement, language, Luke 15, Pharisees, the prodigal son, Year C Lent 4 1 Comment