Personally, I have great difficulty thinking of time other than in the seeming watertight compartments of past, present, and future; time passing by minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years etc. Kronos is the Greek word we have adopted to refer to this arrangement, one where time flows in a linear fashion. Greek has a … More Ere Long We Tremble: Commentary on Jeremiah 32.
A sermon from the Rev. Linda Mackie-Griggs for Pentecost 18 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. If the words that describe your feelings about today’s Gospel lesson include, “frustrated”, “shocked”, “stumped”, or “baffled”, you are in good company. All of these words were used by scholars who wrote … More God’s Squandering Grace: Luke 16: 1-13
Text and context In Table Talk I noted the tension inherent for us in reading the gospel accounts of Jesus relationship with the Pharisees – the product of a later period – back into the time of Jesus ministry. What by the time of the Evangelists had become a deep communal animosity between emerging Rabbinic … More Due Diligence: Luke 15:1-10
Around 55 AD, from prison, Paul wrote a short letter to his friend and wealthy supporter, Philemon. Philemon seems to have been the lynchpin in the Christian community in Colossae for it is in his house that the church meets – a fact that gives us an indication of Philemon’s social standing within the community. … More Modeling An Appeal From The Heart: Paul’s Letter to Philemon
I am realizing more and more how lucky I am to have been raised at the time when families still had a regular pattern of eating together at the kitchen table. Growing up we ate together in the evenings and in my earlier childhood my mother still kept to the custom of Sunday lunch … More Tabletalk in Luke 14: 7-14
14 Pentecost (Proper 16 Year C)21 August 2016 on Luke 13: 10-17 from Linda Mackie Griggs “And just then there appeared a woman…” Nameless and bent almost double, she must have been there all along. Crippled women don’t just appear out of nowhere. But regardless, Luke wants us to know that she was suddenly a person … More Woman, You Are Set Free
Linda Mackie-Grigg’s sermon for 13 Pentecost Year C (Proper 15) 14 August 2016 Isaiah 5:1-7; Luke 12: 49-56 “Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard…” It has been said that when a preacher first approaches a Scripture passage, she should “look for trouble.” Well, today it looks like trouble found the … More Tough Love