Monthly Archives: October 2014

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 24:10-25:20 and Matthew 16:13-28

Deuteronomy 24:10-25:20
Matthew 16:13-28
“Remember you were slaves in the Land of Egypt”
Levirate Marriage, the Messianic line, and the inclusion of the gentiles
Honor, the things of man, and the cross

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 21:1-23 and Matthew 16:1-12

Deuteronomy 21:1-23
Matthew 16:1-12
Rough laws for a rough time
Forecasting Spiritual Weather
You should be able to discern very bad teaching

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 20:1-20 and Matthew 15:21-39

Deuteronomy 20:1-20
Matthew 15:21-39
Abraham:Jews::Canaanite Woman:Gentiles
God opening amazing doors even out of unfaithfulness

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 19:1-20 and Matthew 15:1-20

Deuteronomy 19:1-20
Matthew 15:1-20
Lex Talionis, the humanity of the law
What comes out of the heart & Jesus re-iterating the 10 commandments
The need for a new heart & God’s provision

Things of Caesar…Things of God

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Biblical Text: Matthew 22:15-22
Full Sermon Draft

That title is a reference to the aphorism of Jesus, “give back to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God”. That phrase is more than a slippery evasion of the question the Pharisees were asking him. It is a startlingly deep teaching on limits to the temporal state and the extent of the requests of the Gospel. There are of course book length treatises that examine this. This sermon attempts to focus on three things:
1) What the things of Caesar are by bringing in Romans 13
2) What Caesar should provide, and a simple description following Peter Leithart’s taxonomy: guardians, babels and beasts, of the limits of our giving back to Caesar.
3) What giving back to God means with a focus on three ideas: a) bearing the image of God through baptism, b) the summary of the law as our spiritual worship and b) the gospel tithe.

Paragraph to Ponder

For seeing that truth of itself has a bitter taste for most people, and that it is of itself a
subversive thing to uproot what has long been commonly accepted, it would have been
wiser to soften a naturally painful subject by the courtesy of one’s handling than to pile
one cause of hatred on another….A prudent steward will husband the truth–bring it out, I
mean, when the business requires it and bring it out so much as is requisite and bring out
for every man what is appropriate for him–[but] Luther in this torrent of pamphlets has
poured it all out at once, making everything public and giving even cobblers a share in
what is normally handled by scholars as mysteries reserved for the initiated.
– Desiderius Erasmus to Justus Jonas, May 10, 1521, in Correspondence, 8:203

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 22-23, 28-15:15 and Matthew 13:24-43

Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 22-23, 28-15:15
Matthew 13:24-43
The law of the tithe – in the place God specified & for the people
The Gospel – The Kingdom of Heaven as leaven in the midst of the world

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 13:1-18 and Matthew 13:1-23

Deuteronomy 13:1-18
Matthew 13:1-23
False Prophets & the Danger of Idolatry
Kill the Buddha/Kill Paul
Watch!
God’s sustaining mercy

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 12:12-32 and Matthew 12:12-37

Deuteronomy 12:12-32
Matthew 12:12-37
The specificity of worship
What full blown idolatry looks like (modern context)
The resurrection and the sign and the burden that places on us who have seen

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 11:26-12:12 and Matthew 12:22-37

Deuteronomy 11:26-12:12
Matthew 12:22-37
The Blessing & The Curse
The guaranteed place of God
The Sin against the Holy Spirit