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Missing the Party

Matthew 22:1-16 (PARABLES - WEEK 3! Go here for Week 1 ,  Week 2 , and Week 4 ) Oh, you guys! We’ve got a doozie in front of us today!  ( If you are reading this and not listening in person - go read up above the scripture first. You kind of have to see it to believe it ). There is a gentle, G-rated version of this story, and it’s told in Luke . It doesn’t have any weeping, gnashing of teeth, bloodshed or vengeance.   Instead it’s got Luke’s signature focus on the marginalized; Look! They got to go to the party! Not so for Matthew.   Matthew goes for the rage, the garish violence, the action movie effects. You can almost hear the dissonant sound track. Pastor Lisa called Matthew’s parable the ‘Quinten Tarrantino” version. But then, Matthew was written just after Jerusalem was burned to the ground and the temple was destroyed. The people would have listened to this story. It might have felt familiar.   And maybe it feels a little familiar to us too.   In

God is not fair

Matthew 20:1-16 Parables Series - Week 2! (Here's Week 1 ,   Week 3  and Week 4) Peter is so reliable at asking the things everyone else just thinks but is afraid to say outloud. He’s like an adorable, feisty kindergartner who predictably shoots up his hand and waves it frantically around, brow furrowed, biting his lip, at nearly every new thing the teacher says. You want to be annoyed with him, but he’s so darn sincere and trying so hard to get it right, that you can’t help but smile.  Just like last time,  today's parable is an answer to a question by Peter.  Yes, Peter? What is it? What could Peter have asked to get Jesus to tell this story?    What burning question compelled him?    Just before this Jesus has just been approached by a very wealthy man, who asked him, What good deeds must I do to have eternal life?   And Jesus answered, “ Why do you ask me about what is good. There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the comman