Whoever is not against us is for us

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 30, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – There’s a lot going on in today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel. To recap, Jesus had just finished teaching his disciples about what greatness means in the Kingdom of God – whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all – and that welcoming a little child in Jesus’ name is welcoming Jesus himself. And then John interrupts Jesus to complain about someone who was casting out demons in his name. Someone who was not part of their group. John doesn’t seem to be upset about the exorcist’s actions – he and the other disciples didn’t try to stop him because they thought calling out demons was a bad thing to do. Continue reading…

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