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Sermon: Pentecost 13a – September 7, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119: 33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

British biblical scholar N. T. Wright says that St. Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is by common consent, “his masterpiece.  It dwarfs most of his other writings, an Alpine peak towering over hills and villages…we are here dealing with a work of massive substance, presenting a formidable intellectual challenge while offering a breathtaking theological and spiritual vision.”

And we have a small piece of it today as our second lesson, 7 mere verses.  Verses that drip with Paul’s begging for us to understand, for us, along with Christians in ancient Rome and across the time and space of the Church’s existence, drip with Paul’s teaching for us to know that we are being transformed.  We have been transformed.  We are being changed and have been changed and will be changed yet again, over and over, because of the sheer power, the mighty glory of the Word of God that is Jesus the Christ.  God-spoken-into-our-humanity.  God knowing our humanity and breathing our breath.  God with us. (more…)