The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- one which recalls the worst excesses from a decade ago when the media was rife with speculation about every aspect of the case. (Some of the cable news channels even featured live coverage of the flight returning alleged killer John Karr to the U.S.) Though DNA evidence has now cast doubt on Karr's "confession" and charges have been dropped, the media attention devoted to the ongoing saga has brought disturbing and personally sensitive material into the public eye.
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Contents "The Invaders" by Keith Hewitt "Surely The Lord Was In This Place" by Peter Andrew Smith
The Invaders by Keith Hewitt Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The suns were still high in the sky when Jessica Pike landed on the roof of the Colonial Administration Building, cut the engines, and waited for the rotors to stop. The parking attendant rolled up to her window and tapped on it, asked solicitously, “How can I help you this afternoon?”
“Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ (v. 30)
Nobody liked Jennifer. She'd come from another country to join the class and it was difficult to understand what she said. And she had such odd ideas. Rosie discovered that instead of eating cereals from her bowl at breakfast time, Jennifer drank hot chocolate from her bowl - having first dipped her toast in it!
Matthew 13 contains the parabolic ministry of Jesus as Matthew tells the story. The first three of these parables are seed parables. Last week's text was the Parable of the Sower who went out to sow the seed (Matthew 13:1-9 [10-23]). This week's appointed text is the parable of the one who sowed good seed in his field along with Jesus' explanation of the parable of the weeds (vv. 36-43). A few of the omitted verses (vv. 31-33) are appointed for next week.