April 8, 2018 John 20:19-31 Jesus In the Flesh There is a fantastic 17th century painting of a scene from today’s Gospel reading by an Italian Baroque artist by the name of Michelangelo Cavaggio. The painting’s title is “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas. It portrays Jesus standing their looking down at his chest as he,
April 1, 2018 Mark 16:1-8 The Right Kind of Jesus This past week there were two articles in the paper that discussed what kind of chocolate bunny was the right kind. One of the articles talked about whether it should be milk, dark, or white chocolate, whether it should be solid or hollow, and whether
March 25, 2018 Psalm 118:19-29 Jesus Is Our King Psalm 118 is the last portion of what is known as the Hallel. It is an interesting choice for a Psalm during this season of Lent and especially as we begin Holy Week where we are focused upon that fast and the starkness of our liturgy.
March 11, 2018 John 3:14-21 Jesus Was Lifted Up for Our Eternal Life The words of Jesus in our Gospel reading are poignant: “Whoever does not believe is condemned already.” The condemnation of mankind is not something that will happen at the end of time. Things will be sorted out then. Hearts will be revealed.
March 4, 2018 John 2:13-22 Zeal for His Father’s House It is time for the Passover. It is time for Jews from all over to make one of their three annual trips to Jerusalem to worship God at the temple. This means they must offer a sacrifice. For many, it is an inconvenience. They come
February 25, 2018 Mark 8:27-38 Jesus, His Cross, and Yours There are many ideas concerning who Jesus truly is. Even among the serious answers we see a range of responses. We might get answers anywhere from mythical character to a cool dude. Christians have faced this question in themselves and with those outside the Church
February 18, 2018 Mark 1:9-15 The Temptation of Jesus The First Sunday in Lent always begins with the temptation of Jesus. It is so for the one year lectionary and it is so in all three years of the three year lectionary. However, this year, in series B (or the second year) in the three
February 11, 2018 Mark 9:2-9 The Glory of God Manifest in Christ There is probably countless examples but recently, Lisa and I have begun watching a new dramatic series set on Medieval England. It is a struggle between the Christian tribes that are as yet ununited in the British Isles and the pagan Vikings that
February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 The Preaching of Jesus Who is Jesus and why has He come? These are the basic questions of the Epiphany season. From the arrival of the Magi to the Transfiguration, we are given manifestations of God’s glory that reveal to us that Jesus is more than mere man and that
January 21, 2018 Mark 1:14-20 The Preaching of Jesus Looking through a red lettered Bible, you might think that Jesus had quite a bit to say. One might think that He taught on many subjects and elaborated on many areas of public life and financial well-being. But Mark, here in the beginning of his account