B125 – Pentecost 3 (Proper 6)

By the Well
By the Well
B125 - Pentecost 3 (Proper 6)
/

This week we focus on 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 and Mark 4:26-34. Themes emerge regarding kingship and kingdoms. David is the surprising choice in 1 Samuel as the youngest and one chosen by the God who “looks on the heart”. The parables in Mark are about the Kingdom or Reign of God, bringing to the fore…

Read More

A154 – Pentecost 24 (Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Matthew 25: 14-30)

By the Well
By the Well
A154 - Pentecost 24 (Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Matthew 25: 14-30)
/

This week is the only chance in the RCL to preach on the book of Judges, specifically on a section about Deborah, the only female of the 6 judges named. We are joined by Monica Melanchthon, who talks about the importance of preaching from Judges, both in spite of its difficult, violent themes, and because…

Read More

A153 – Pentecost 23 (Josh 24, 1 Thess 4, Matt 25:1-13)

By the Well
By the Well
A153 - Pentecost 23 (Josh 24, 1 Thess 4, Matt 25:1-13)
/

This week preachers are invited to think about taking the opportunity to talk about resurrection and what happens at “the end” through the parable of the ten wedding attendants in Matthew (25:1-13), which is a way to talk about entrance into the future kingdom of heaven, or Paul’s assurance to the Thessalonians (1 Thess 4:13-18)…

Read More

A146 – Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)

By the Well
By the Well
A146 - Pentecost 16: (Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16)
/

The Israelites’ journey to freedom in Exodus is hard and their complaints understandable. The providence of God dominates the passage. God hears and responds to the people, providing what they need and testing their willingness to trust him into the future. God offers equity not ‘equality’ as we understand it, and how that can rile…

Read More

A136 – Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)

By the Well
By the Well
A136 - Pentecost 7 (Gen 28, Roms 8, Matt 13)
/

The Genesis narrative continues as Jacob encounters God in his dream (Gen 28:10-19a). Key themes here include God’s unfailing faithfulness to his covenant and the unexpected places God encounters us – in vulnerability and in the ordinary. Theologically it is significant that God found Jacob, not the other way round. Romans 8:12-29 continues the focus…

Read More