September 6, 2020

A41: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (2020)

Ryan Ahlgrim

“When someone in the church harms us in some way, what should we do? How should we respond? Many people would say, ‘Forgive!’ What could be more Christian, more spiritual, more biblical than to forgive?” says Ryan Ahlgrim, pastor of First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia. After all, Jesus taught it. It is obvious, right? “But is that really the best response in all circumstances?” asks Ahlgrim. Today’s passage, Matthew 18:15-20, “gives us the other side and shows us a process that can lead to better healing.” Listen as Ahlgrim unpacks these verses and shows us why forgiveness is only the beginning.

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