Every once in a while, and really not that often, I wish those Jesus Seminar folks really could just toss stuff out of Scripture. However, this week it probably wouldn't matter since the Scripture I'm struggling with, the gospel lesson Matthew 15:21-28, is likely one of their keepers. It's one of those difficult interactions with Jesus. Who else is taking that challenge?
If that's not the challenge (or maybe I should say opportunity... at least calling!) before you today, do you have one you'd like to share? One you like for us to carry along with you?
What else might you be preaching? This is the last week of the Genesis series if there are any who are finishing up that family soap opera. How will close up their drama? The alternate text from the Hebrew Scriptures pairs pretty well with gospel, but could also stand alone for preaching.
The Romans series continues for those who have been going that direction. I am not preaching from it this week, but it has been on my mind and in my prayers as a member has asked us to highlight the work of the Gideons in worship later in the fall. He has a video that includes a portion where a Jewish man felt converted to Christianity after reading a Bible in a hotel room. I wanted to ask this member of my church (and maybe the Gideons in general), "Has God rejected God's people?"
Still others, I know, are working on series this summer. It's been particularly fun to see what topics come up in the churches with sermon request series. What are you all doing this week?
As always, join in the conversation in the comments. Ask and you shall receive! And of course, what is everyone bringing to the feast? Everyone is welcome at the table, and no one needs to beg for crumbs underneath it!