Date: September 18, 2011
Liturgical Sunday: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon Title: Injustice or extravagance?
Knox Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110918_-_knox.mp3|titles=Injustice or extravagance?]
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110918_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=Injustice or extravagance?]
Another sermon title that is a question. In this case, I received considerable assistance in answering the question for an interesting combination of Henri Nouwen and my wife, Heather.
The parable we look at this week is one of the many, many parables that have one obviously wrong interpretation and then a generally accepted interpretation . . . that I think is also wrong. I am not a biblical scholar by virtually any definition. Nor am I a homeletician who specializes in parables. If you have listened to me preach for an extended period of time you will know that I frequently avoid preaching on parables . . . they can just be so hard. This Sunday was different.
I would love to hear from any of you who think that this interpretation is incorrect or correct, for that matter. It is a little heterodox without being actively unorthodox . . . I think.
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