September 6, 2015
Mark 7:24-37
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Is there a doctor in the house?

Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25


David Kalas
Schuyler Rhodes



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In the hymn "Grace Greater Than Our Sin," Julia Harriette Johnston expressed our circumstance in song: "Dark is the stain that we cannot hide." And then, burdened by that seemingly helpless condition, she asked the desperate question: "What can avail to wash it away?"

As pastors, we know what it is to sit with someone who is in a desperate situation. A diagnosis with no treatment or cure. An enormous need with no sufficient resource to meet it. A broken relationship without the will or capacity to fix it.

In Johnston's familiar hymn, however, there is no lingering in despair. There is no grand pause, waiting anxiously for some solution to appear. Not at all. For no sooner is the question asked than the answer is given. "Look, there is flowing a crimson tide," she declares, "brighter than snow you may be today."

Between our Old Testament and New Testament texts this week, however, there is a grand pause. Between the time of...

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