“One of the things I appreciate most about preaching from the lectionary is that it often leads me to preach passages of scripture I would have never chosen on my own,” begins Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday. Somerville says that the gospel passage from Luke 21:5-19 is one of these passages. Jesus predicts that the temple will be destroyed and that there will be wars, famines, earthquakes, violence, and persecution. Our logical question is usually, “When?” Lean into this passage and this question with Somerville and its implications for Christians today.
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