B106 – Epiphany 4 (Mk 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8, Dt 18:15-20)

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B106 - Epiphany 4 (Mk 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8, Dt 18:15-20)
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Authority and identity emerge as key themes in Mark 1:21-28 as Jesus is portrayed as one powerful enough to cast out evil and liberate people from the power of evil. This is Mark’s Good News! We unpack ancient ideas of ‘unclean spirits’ or demons and discuss how our preaching and teaching might aspire to be…

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A147 – Pentecost 17 (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32)

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A147 - Pentecost 17 (Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32)
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Questions of Jesus’ authority – an ongoing focus in Matthew –  now come to the fore in the parable from chapter 21, as Jesus’ challenge to the temple authorities escalates. The theme of consistency, being publicly honest about what one believes, emerges. The gospel is real about our ongoing failure to be consistent. We point…

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