Seeds

“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.