Friday, June 11, 2010

Pentecost 3c - Conclusion

Pentecost 3c - 2 Samuel 11:26- 12:15; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3
I spent Wednesday night on the Short North in Columbus, Ohio with Captain Hedlund, aka Calvary’s own hometown hero Pastor Kerstin. We hit eight restaurant/bars in as many hours. From a selection of Thai Tapas to Lamb Lollipops with artichoke relish, Blackened Scallops paired with minty Mojitos, a cheese plate with Gorgonzola, walnuts, strawberries and honey, pulled pork tacos, a Surly Girl® Pizza (crumbled gorgonzola, 6 cheese blend, dried cranberries, red onions and pecans drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette) and gourmet ice cream cones to finish you could say it was a foretaste (and then some) of the feast of fat things. (Isaiah 25) The menu for Pentecost 3c includes a poor man’s lamb served to a rich man’s guest which convicts a king of breaking God’s heart. The Psalmist awake all night wastes away famished until confession ends the fast and joy follows the feast of forgiveness. In Galatians Paul challenges Peter who was enjoying shellfish with Gentiles until certain people from James made him go back on the Law diet. And the woman who crashes Simon’s party to be with Jesus is the guest of honor, remembered to this day, while Simon is the sinner who should be weeping. All in all a surprising and satisfying menu of Law / Gospel as always flavored by grace. That being said my middle region will still have to pay for the Short North on the treadmill. Sins are indeed forgiven free once and for all but avoiding the consequences will cost you extra.

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