Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 (Pentecost 18: Series C)
This text gives us only a glimpse, a preview, of God’s plan in Christ to restore his broken creation to its physical and social perfection.
Epistles: 2 Timothy 2:1-13 (Pentecost 18: Series C)
Paul is talking about military-level allegiance here, the strongest kind of allegiance sworn to a king. Yet, this loyalty is set in contrast to the tasks of the Roman solider because the task of Christ’s legionaries is to herald the good news: their King, Jesus, has won and it is He who is the world’s rightful king.
Old Testament: Ruth 1:1-19a (Pentecost 18: Series C)
In the story of Ruth there is a strong focus on faithfulness, but not just to Naomi and later Boaz, rather her faithfulness is directed toward the LORD God.
Authentic Proclamation: How Good Pastoring Factors into Good Preaching
Nothing promotes good preaching quite like actually knowing the Word of Truth and delivering it from a disposition of passionate care, commitment through the long-haul, and life spent together with the people of God.
Old Testament: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 (Pentecost 17: Series C)
The laments of the Hebrews called upon the LORD God to remember His people who are suffering, be faithful and deliver them.