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Whose Coin Is It?

Matthew 22:15-22

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 19, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)

 

"Answer the question: yes or no? Keep it simple--just yes or no." The situation in the Gospel this week reminds me of a congressional hearing. We've all heard and seen these carefully orchestrated morality plays. Someone in Congress gets riled up about faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars or who the National Security Administration is spying on or what really happened to our embassy in Benghazi and calls for hearings, complete with lots of media coverage. Once the hearing has geared up, though, it's easy to forget its original purpose. Those asking questions do not seem to be seeking information, understanding, enlightenment, or, heaven forbid, truth. They just want to score points with the electorate back home. They are trying to make the witness or a corporation or the other political party look bad. They are playing "gotcha!" And at a key point in the hearing, some questioner, having simplistically reduced the issue to one loaded choice, inevitably asks, "Just answer the question--yes or no?"

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October 20, 2014

Weekly Sermon Illustration: We All Must Live In Faith

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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October 20, 2014

ON Scripture: Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today (Psalm 46) by Dirk G. Lange

ON Scripture: The Bible

Every system, every culture, every community risks succumbing to the temptation of shutting borders and protecting an identity. We are quickly seduced into the illusion of absolute control and power.
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October 20, 2014

Weekly Sermon Illustration: We All Must Live In Faith

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

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October 20, 2014

ON Scripture: Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today (Psalm 46) by Dirk G. Lange

ON Scripture: The Bible

Every system, every culture, every community risks succumbing to the temptation of shutting borders and protecting an identity. We are quickly seduced into the illusion of absolute control and power.

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October 19, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Specificity

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

When the Apostle Paul stood before Felix, the Roman governor of ancient Palestine, he was accused of troublemaking and inciting riots among the Jewish people. In his defense, Paul argues that his beliefs and religious practices are very much in line with his accusers.

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October 18, 2014

Marcus Borg: What Would It Have Been Like to Be A Companion of Jesus?

Dr. Marcus Borg (TEC)

What is your 75 second (about 150 words) summary of the Jesus you believe in and love? Or your 75 second summary of the Jesus you are uncertain about or indifferent to or reject?

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October 17, 2014

Greg Garrett: Not Your Father's Francis: Jon Sweeney's "When Saint Francis Saved the Church"

Greg Garrett (TEC)

Unlike Christians of the past 500 years who focused on doctrine, Francis operated more like contemporary believers, who focus on correct practice.

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October 16, 2014

Jamie Jenkins: Fitting In--Or Not?

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Jenkins (UMC)

When I was eight years old my family moved from a rural community in south Alabama to the city. We lived just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Mobile. My parents were uneducated working class people. It is certainly accurate to say we were not affluent.

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October 15, 2014

Chuck Queen: Toward a Modern Day Jesus-Inspired Sexual Ethic

The Rev. Dr. Chuck Queen (CBF)

What should a modern day, Jesus inspired sexual ethic look like for Christians who aspire to follow Jesus? Jesus, of course, does not address this subject directly in the Gospels. But he does speak to it indirectly.

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October 14, 2014

Carol Howard Merritt: From Temple to Tabernacle

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

I think about the children of Abraham and Sarah, wandering around the desert for forty years, eating manna while they longed for milk and honey, stumbling over shifting sands while they yearned for the promised land. They had a tabernacle, a dwelling place for God that they set up and took apart.

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October 13, 2014

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Render Unto Caesar

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 19, 2014 we will celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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October 13, 2014

ON Scripture: Whose Image is Stamped on Your Heart? (Matthew 22:15-22) By Doug Mendenhall

ON Scripture: The Bible

Whatever Americans think about the fairness of having to pay federal taxes, first-century residents of Judea certainly had more reason to gripe. An occupying army of Roman soldiers had invaded the country with much bloodshed and cultural upheaval, and taxes were not paid to demonstrate good citizenship so much as to stay alive.

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