This week's Sunday Song is a sermon and a song that poured out of me when I read the parable of the two sons. (Matthew 21:23-32). I was asked by the Erickson Lutheran church to offer an online sermon, so welcome to all of you, and to all of my other Sunday Song readers/listeners.
In the video talk, I mention the context of this parable being told soon after Jesus has driven out the money changers and overturned the tables in the temple. In this text also, John the Baptist is mentioned, (who had already been beheaded).
I didn't mention it in the talk below, but I want to point out John Dominic Crossan's work on why John the Baptist was so disliked by people in power. So many people think he was beheaded for simply speaking out against divorce, (a clause used for centuries to try and keep especially women in abusive marriages). But once you know what Antipas was up to: setting up a commercial fishery on the Sea of Galilee, destroying the way of life for all of Jesus' fishing friends. And once you know that the divorce of his Arab wife, and the marriage of Herodias, was for the reason of attempting to gain more political power (that would further oppress these occupied Jewish territories), we can understand the public judgement from John the Baptist, and hear his fiery speech, as an outcry for justice. (I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of John Dominic Crossan's wonderful book The Greatest Prayer. I keep it at the ready nearly daily.)
9/27/2020 12:07:11 am
Thank you Alana. Thought provoking and potentially heart changing. Thank you for your openness about yourself and your gentle way of opening out wrong.
9/27/2020 04:27:30 am
We need many voices, and we need face-to-face communication. I tend to stay out of the conversation unless I can be face-to-face. Because things have become so polarized, if you say X, then everyone believes you're in group X and your thoughts align with everything X espouses. But if you say Y, then you're the hated enemy of X and worthy of utter disdain and annihilation, and all the Y's rejoice because you're on their side. Every human being on the planet is more nuanced than that.
9/27/2020 06:42:16 am
Thank you for the enlightening of my spirit. I live in Louisville and want change not just here, but yes here at this time.
9/28/2020 08:59:12 am
9/27/2020 07:01:01 am
thanks Alana Truth is spoken and Truth is being heard with your message and song, thank-you, may the Peace of Christ be with you and your family!
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Alana Levandoski is a song and chant writer, recording artist and music producer, in the Christian tradition, who lives with her family on a regenerative farm on the Canadian prairies.