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The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: More Than a Moral Lesson

Genesis 25:19-34

6th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 16, 2017

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)


In this Scripture Lesson, as is the case with much of the book of Genesis, there is a moral lesson, but there's also more than a moral lesson.

We Christians know all about stories with morals - we strive to be moral people and to pass our morals down to our children - and in a sense, this Scripture Lesson serves a moral purpose for a moral lesson here is clear enough. On the surface, there's a good guy and a bad guy - and most children in Sunday School will be able to tell you that Jacob is the hero and so he must be the good guy, Esau is the bad guy, and you shouldn't do what Esau does. That's how moral lessons work.

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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

The Good Choice

Luke 4:1-13

First Sunday in Lent - Year C

February 14, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)


Today's gospel lesson is one that many of us know in one form or another. This story of temptation in the wilderness is the middle of a three-part series of events that sets up Jesus's public ministry. These events ultimately led to Jesus answering his call and fulfilling his mission. We may be tempted to skip over this series of events and get to the ministry because we have inherited an understanding of Jesus, a theology of Jesus that has been developed over hundreds and hundreds of years, and so we know what happens, and we want to get to the point. But this series is incredibly important to all of us because this sequence of events shaped Jesus as a person. Jesus was called by the Spirit in baptism, tempted away from God in the wilderness, and finally chose to remain faithful to his mission and ministry. This series of steps can give us all a glimpse into how we, too, can answer the call God puts inside each one of us.

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