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The Rev. Matthew Ruffner

Matthew Ruffner: Seeking the Welfare of Our Cities

Jeremiah 29:1,4-7

18th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 13, 2019

The Rev. Matthew Ruffner (PCUSA)


Today we are going to turn to the prophet Jeremiah and to the 29th chapter, but before we read the text, we should explore the context just for a minute. Jeremiah is writing to a people who are in exile. They are in exile because they have just been conquered by the Babylonian Empire. They've been conquered after a four-year battle for the city of Jerusalem to which the Babylonian army has laid siege. Now you need to know that the Babylonian Army was ruthless, and laying siege was a military tactic that they often employed. Laying siege means that the Babylonian army would literally surround your city, and they would choke off precious resources from ever making their way in -- precious resources like food and water and wine -- you know, the daily living essentials.

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston

Scott Black Johnston: Christmas at Matthew's House

Matthew 1:1-7, 15-16

2nd Sunday of Advent - Special

December 09, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)


How do you celebrate Christmas? What family traditions do you observe? What foods have to be on the table? What decorations must be displayed? What carols do you need to sing in order for you to feel like it is really and truly Christmas?

Just as we have our traditions, the four gospels have theirs too. Mark, Matthew, Luke and John each take a unique approach to Christmas. Each introduces Jesus to the world in a distinctive way.

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