Texts: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
Sometimes, distant as we are from the people who were inspired by God to tell the biblical story of faith, we over-spiritualize things. We don’t fully appreciate the real struggles that people experienced as they listened to God and walked with God. The prophets, the apostles, it’s almost like they weren’t real people like us. But they were.
Texts: Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20
If there is one theme that runs through all our scripture texts today, it’s this—sometimes we just need a little pep talk to get us moving off dead center. I mean, people are people, you know? Sometimes we just need someone to talk us off the ledge of fear or indecision.
Texts: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28
I wonder what it’s like to be a prophet. I don’t mean the ones who stand on a stage with a microphone and share strong opinions with anyone who will listen. And I don’t mean those influencer kind of people who work behind the scenes to gain control over what the general public thinks.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.