During Advent we reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Jesus. We remember his birth and make sure our preparations are on track for his return. So why did he come? And what can we expect the second time around? The Jesus whose birth we celebrate, and whose return we anticipate, is Jesus Christ,…Read more »
Today’s gospel reading is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s a parable that usually makes me feel uncomfortable. I realize how much I’m like the “expert in the law” that asks Jesus a question about eternal life, and when Jesus turns the question back to him, gives a really great answer: “‘Love the Lord…Read more »
We’re approaching the end, folks. Tomorrow’s the grand finale – literally (you’ll see why when you read the passage). I really don’t have time to write this post this morning, but I feel like I’d be pastorally negligent if I didn’t say at least something about the today’s obviously difficult reading.
Peter is about to experience another conversion, his world turned upside down. To this point, Peter believed that the Jewish people and the Jewish nation were the focus of God’s attention. When Jesus had told the apostles to be his witnesses throughout the world, they assumed he meant the Jews throughout the world.
Today’s story about Daniel and the lion’s den illustrates well why it’s important to see the Bible as not just a collection of stories with a “moral,” but as stories and events that are part of a larger Story. If we read this story in isolation from the larger Story, we’re likely to interpret it…Read more »
Deborah is the man, uh woman, of the hour. As she is described in our text, Deborah is clearly regarded as one of the greatest leaders in Israel’s history. This reminds me of another woman, Junias, whom the apostle Paul describes as “outstanding among the apostles” (Romans 16:7). So in the Bible we have women as prophet/judges and…Read more »
Back at the beginning of Genesis, just before the account of the flood, we read that “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” Then God said, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to…Read more »