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The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls

Charles Qualls: Promise or Warning?

Mark 1:14-20

3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

January 21, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls (CBF)

 

What is the strangest thing anyone has ever asked you to do? What is the deepest commitment someone has asked you to make?

Those are the kinds of questions that arise so naturally as we listen to this story from Mark's gospel today. There are other questions though. Why did Jesus use the words that He did? And, what exactly was He calling them to?

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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

Barbara Lundblad: Who Will Feed Them? You.

Matthew 14:13-21

9th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 06, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

 

When Matthew wrote his gospel, he didn't put in any titles. Neither did any of the gospel writers. But now Most Bibles have added titles to help us find things we're looking for. In my Bible, the title of this section of Matthew is "Feeding the Five Thousand." But that's wrong! Here's what the text actually says, "And those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children." Matthew is the only gospel writer who adds those last words, "besides women and children." So, how many would that be? Did most men come with their wives? That would mean at least ten thousand adults. If each family had two children, that would bring the total to 20,000 or more if they had large families. Of course, we'll never know the exact number. It's hard to estimate the size of a crowd - just think about the arguments over crowd size at the president's inauguration in January. Were there more people than at the last inauguration? Were there more people at the Women's March the next day? Even aerial photographs couldn't settle the arguments.

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