The service of worship will look at a challenging text, Matthew 15:21-28, the persistent and
persuasive Canaanite woman who convinces Jesus to heal her daughter. The sermon is, “The Day Jesus Insulted the Canaanite Woman.” The much admired Bible commentator, William Barclay, seeks to soften the harsh words that Jesus used in his reply to the woman’s initial plea. “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Barclay writes, “The tone and look with which a thing is said, makes all the difference. Even a thing that seems hard can be said with a disarming smile…” Do you agree? Or should we wrestle with what is actually recorded in the text?