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The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster

Bishop Larry Goodpaster: Unleashing the Power of Prayer

Luke 18:1-8

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 16, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster (UMC)

 

I have personally struggled with this particular parable about an unjust judge. Every third year as this lectionary text rolls around I immediately feel inspired to look for another. It is, on the surface, a rather bothersome and strange story that challenges us to search not only for a possible meaning and application, but also for any sense of the presence of God. We much prefer cleaner and simpler parables from Jesus, stories that easily fit into our ways of thinking and acting.

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The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Increase Our Faith

Luke 17:5-10

20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 02, 2016

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli (UMC)

 

Wars and rumors of wars proliferate around the world.  Nations, tribes, gangs, ideologues kill each other for the love of money, for the love of power, for the love of revenge, for the love of violence, for the love of God (God help us).  The way to make any drop of difference at all seems not only unclear but impossible.  But our God says to us, "blessed are the peacemakers."  (Mt 5:9)  "Lord, increase our faith!"

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