a sermon on legions within and without

Second Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Psalm 42-43, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 | For the world of Luke’s gospel, the word “legion” has only one meaning: a large unit of the Roman army, numbering about five thousand soldiers...

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a sermon on kings and demons and strong men (oh my)

The texts this week are full of religious and political scandal. After generations of God’s leadership as the people’s highest authority, in today’s reading the people of Israel want a human king. Recent leadership has been corrupt, neighboring kingdoms are gaining power, and economic interests are at stake...