In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 19 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28.
We consider Jesus' parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin (or the good woman!) and the ways they reveal the celebration over repentance and read Paul's personal testimony of the riches of Christ's mercy. We find the Psalm and Jeremiah's prophetic words to also name the depths of evil, oppression, and arrogance of those who think they are accountable to no one. Over it all, we remember the riches of Christ's mercy and redemptive work of His seeking and finding that which is lost.
-The Lord is My Courage: Stepping Through Shadows of Fear Toward the Voice of Love, by: K.J. Ramsey
-The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by: Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros
-The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by: Fleming Rutledge
Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.