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Dan Olson. PHD
Luke 17:11-19
11 mins 41 secs
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This Sunday's Gospel reading is from Luke 17, telling the familiar story of the ten lepers who came to Jesus for healing. All were healed, but only one of the ten returned to give thanks to God for the miracle, and moreover he was a despised Samaritan. The lesson for us readers seems self-evident: we ought always to actively give thanks to God for the blessings we receive from his hand, and we should not be like the ungrateful nine, denying God the praise he deserves for his grace and mercy. But is that all there is to it? If the story is intended as an exhortation to behave in a certain way, it seems to be missing a key element: motivation. What penalty is there for ingratitude, and conversely, what reward is there for gratitude? The answers to these questions are not easy to find in the story. The key must lie in the very end, where Jesus tells the grateful ex-leper that his faith has made him well. This is not an unusual way for Jesus to end one of these encounters. Do we really understand what he means?
Dan Olson. PHD
John 16:12-15
14 mins 54 secs
Views: 39
Often we are told that we humans have a grotesquely inflated sense of our importance. We are reminded that our planet is but a tiny speck of dust within a vast universe of stars and galaxies which present us with sizes and distances beyond our ability even to imagine. Is it really believable that the Lord of all the Cosmos should be personally concerned with such microscopic creatures as ourselves, floating as we are within the immense, dark oceans of space? The author of Psalm 8 wonders about this too, and yet he recognizes that our smallness is only half of the story. What does he know that we don't?
Dan Olson. PHD
Isaiah 25:1-9 & Matthew 22:1-14
12 mins 24 secs
Views: 79
Isaiah talks about the downfall of a great city and a day to come in which the Lord of Hosts will swallow up death and provide a great feast on the holy mountain for all the peoples of the earth. What city is he thinking about?"