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By Rev Doug Nemitz
First Lutheran Church, New Rockford 

Sermonette: Sept. 16, 2019


September 16, 2019

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” — Luke 15:1-2

It seems to me that in our rush to get into the stories that attract our interest in Luke 15:1-10, the Gospel reading for Sunday, Sept. 15, we often skip past these introductory statements that set the scene and miss at least two interesting questions.

First, why were the tax collectors and sinners attracted to Jesus? Second, why did their attraction to Jesus seem so offensive to the Pha...

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