The reading for today contains parables that talk specifically about the Kingdom of God. We’ve come to that point in the Big Story we’ve called Act 4: The Coming of the King — Kingdom Inaugurated, and soon we’ll be coming to Act 5: The King Sends His Church into the World — the Kingdom Advances. So where…Read more »
What a phenomenal turnout we had last night for the potluck and Ash Wednesday Service! Our time together was quite moving for me. Some of you have asked me about what happened at the end of the service. Mario, a young man I mentored at Van Corlaer last year, called to me near the end of…Read more »
So it begins. The reign and ministry of Jesus is inaugurated with his being baptized. This sets the tone for his whole ministry. It also explains what Jesus is about to do. He is going to “fulfill all righteousness.” When he says “all,” he means all. Not just his own righteousness, but all righteousness. He…Read more »
It’s common for Christians to emphasize the difference between the old and new covenants, between the Old Testament and New Testament, between Christianity and Judaism, and even the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. The New Testament itself emphasizes continuity at least as much as discontinuity when talking about the…Read more »
Luke’s gospel is addressed to a man by the name of Theophilus. The fact that Theophilus means “lover of God” may suggest that Luke is referring to Christians in general rather than a particular person. If this is the name of an individual, then his being called “most excellent Theophilus” suggests that he was a…Read more »
I’m not going to say very much about today’s reading (John 1:1-18) because I’m going to preach on it this Sunday. But I do want to say something about our journey this far and what it’s taught us about the Bible.
Today we come to the end of our Old Testament readings. It’s been quite a journey so far, hasn’t it? I find this last book of the Old Testament fascinating. Basically the Old Testament ends with a lover’s spat.