Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 05-JUL-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 5 – When John the Baptiser and Jesus the Nazarene were both preaching repentance and the coming of God's kingdom, they had their distinctive styles. With his uncompromising message about giving up pleasures and taking on uncomfortable responsibilities, John was branded as a religious fanatic; while Jesus was described as a glutton and a drunkard because he mixed socially with people of doubtful character. When the authorities were determined not to get involved but to watch from afar, Jesus likened them to a lot of street urchins sitting around and refusing to join in other peoples' games. Criticising or denigrating those not on your own side shows a lack of wisdom – this was not a simple all or nothing narrative. To reach the truth with wisdom, we need to respectfully listen to each other and enter into each other's worlds. Wisdom is justified by her deeds.
Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

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