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Fake Food, Fake Faith ... Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Fake Food, Fake Faith ...

Unless you're God, it's best to get rid of that judgmental attitude. The sooner, the better.

At a Glance

The parmesan cheese you're putting on your spaghetti might not be cheese -- or at least not all of it. Some cheese factories have been busted recently for marketing "100% real cheese" that, in addition to cheese, contains fillers like wood pulp. Yes, instead of parmesan cheese in your mouth, you have a mouthful of sawdust. It's sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, and in an era of fake news, this is no surprise. Jesus reminds us that discerning the real from the phony is a problem when it's people we're talking about. It takes an expert!

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Old Testament text, see "Jacob's Travel Challenge," July 20, 2014, at

If you've ever shaken a bit of dry parmesan cheese from a can onto your spaghetti and meatballs and mused that it kind of looks like (and maybe even tastes like) sawdust, well, it turns out you might be more right about that than you think.

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