When Jesus' disciples imitate Joshua, the irony is delicious: they have just spectacularly failed to cast out the demon troubling a boy from childhood.
Monday lectionary email, archived here on Friday.
It made a lot of sense for Jesus to use the metaphor of animal sacrifice—at least, it did in the first century.
Jesus and a little boy vs. the voices of common sense
Have the disciples started to think this is all about them? I know I would.
Just in case we don't get it yet, we are now told of John the Baptist.
Rejection has been the traveling companion of the gospel from the beginning.
This week's texts are great stewardship texts. Why not use them that way? We can ask for money more than once a year.