CLB Commentaries

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) October 15th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Epistle: Philippians 4:4-13 Lesson: Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm: Psalm 23 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum The Context: In Matthew 21:23ff the Pharisees questioned the authority of Jesus. They refused to answer his question about the source of John the Baptist’s ministry. He

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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) September 17th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 Epistle: Romans 14:1-12 Lesson: Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm: Psalm 103:1-12 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen The major exegetical issue to solve regarding this text is to understand its relationship to the preceding verses. Among the commentators on this passage we find two very different

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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 27th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Epistle: Romans 11:33-12:8 Lesson: Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm: Psalm 138 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Since Matthew’s gospel appears to be directed to the Jewish people, Matthew introduces Jesus to us as the new Moses leading a new Israel—the Church. With this primary

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Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 20th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 Epistle: Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 Lesson: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm: Psalm 67 CLB Commentary – Dr. Rich Erickson Matthew treats us to a very strange episode in 15:21-28. Many readers find this passage puzzling at best and offensive at worst. How could the loving

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Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 10th, 2014 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 Epistle: Romans 10:5-17 Lesson: Job 38:4-18 Psalm: Psalm 18:1-9 (10-16) CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen About the feeding of the 5000, which immediately preceded the events of our text, John Fahling wrote, “The effect of this miracle upon the minds of those

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