Sometimes, if a preacher is to be faithful to the teaching of the church, he or she must actually preach the teaching of the church. Nobody likes to hear that, so some left to day...discomforted. Today's passage is concerned with a meeting between Jesus and a Gentile woman referred to only as "the Syrophoenician Woman". It is a harrowing tale. The woman has a desperately ill daughter. Jesus has traveled into Gentile territory, and has gone into a house, so that no one should know He is there. The woman, however, hears of him, comes to the house, throws herself in the dirt before Him, and begs that her daughter be healed. What do you think Jesus did? He told her healings were for Jews, and called her a dog for asking.
How do you explain that? The
answer I offered made several people unhappy. Perhaps it will make you
unhappy, too. I can't apologize for that, because the Gospel is about
leading people to change, and change cannot be made without discomfort.
Come join the Congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of
Bellefonte, KY for this week's sermon, "Superficial Christianity" by
clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.
Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting
floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor"
as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.