PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
September 17, 2017
In our gospel lesson (Matthew 18:21-35), Peter asks Jesus how many times he is required to forgive someone.
Biblical scholars debate whether Jesus answers, "7 times 7," or "77 times" or even "70 times 7." But what is without question is the point of the story Jesus tells to illustrate his answer.
In telling the story of the merciful king and the unforgiving servant, Jesus reminds us that we are to forgive as we have been forgiven. God has been gracious and merciful towards us, forgiving us of a great amount of debt. Therefore, we ought to be gracious and merciful towards others, especially since their sins against us are far less than our sins against God. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.