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This is theme for last weeks readings. I was away at Synod and Bonnie Hebenton wrote this and preached. I am sorry to have missed what she said.

A Grave Responsibility

Gate Pa - Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Pentecost 16) Readings: Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 First Reading: Exodus 17:1-7 Second Reading: Phil 2:1-13 Gospel:Matthew 21:23-32
What I want to say: I want to explore the question posed to Jesus bny the Jersulaem leadership about his authority using material from Rob Bell’s “Velvet Elvis”. In doing so I want to suggest that not only was Jesus acting as a revisionist Rabbi (You have heard it said, but I say to you….) but in giving the early church the power to bind and loose, gave the early church and its successors the authority and the responsibility to continue to provide commentary on what it means to follow the way of Christ in our ever changing world.
What I want to happen: I want people to be a little more careful when they state that such and such is biblical, or not biblical. I also want people to see that this responsibility is communal – this ongoing work or interpretation does not belong to any individual, but we are to play our part in b…