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The Church Year and the Lectionary Commentary – 26th Ordinary (Day 4)

Mark 9:38-50 38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.”
39 Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can quickly turn around and curse me.40 Whoever isn’t against us is for us.41 I assure you that whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will certainly be rewarded.
42 “As for whoever causes these little ones who believe in me to trip and fall into sin, it would be better for them to have a huge stone hung around their necks and to be thrown into the lake.43 If your hand causes you to fall into sin, chop it off. It’s better for you to enter into life crippled than to go away with two hands into the fire of hell, which can’t be put out]45 If your foot causes you to fall into sin, chop it off. It’s better for you to enter life lame than to be thrown into hell with two feet.47 -If your eye causes you to fall into sin, tear it out. It’s …

Head Coverings in Worship: Why Female Hair Is a Testicle

The Church Year and the Lectionary Commentary – 26th Ordinary (Day 3)

Believe It Or Not: Republicans Hate Jesus

Thomas Magstadt NationofChange / Op-Ed Published: Tuesday 25 September 2012 Remember the sweet little children’s song, “Jesus loves me! This I know…”? Well, kiddies, guess what? Republicans are different. They don’t love you. If Democrats were to pull a Watergate caper and steal the Republican campaign playbook, they might accuse Republicans of committing the ultimate blasphemy to Christians.  They might say that in seeking to denigrate and tear down everything government tries to do to help the poor, the sick, and the needy, Republicans are secretly waging war against the teachings of Jesus Christ.  They might conjure up a catchy slogan like  REPUBLICANS HATE JESUS and treat it as a self-evident truth.

They could then proceed to turn the slogan into a campaign strategy and use it to preclude any real debate on the issues.  When did Republicans start to hate Jesus?   Why do Republicans hate Jesus?  Do all Republicans hate Jesus or mainly just politicians, CEOs, an…

The Church Year and the Lectionary Commentary – 26th Ordinary (Day 2)