John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

[August 2, 2015] Today is the 9th Sunday after Trinity, during the quiet growing season of the Christian year. During the last two Sundays we heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The first time, we heard it read from Mark’s gospel, the second . . . → Read More: John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

Mark, 1:4-11, Christ’s Baptism, Christian Baptism

[January 11, 2015] Having celebrated “the Epiphany” (manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles—of which we will be reminded again by the prophecy of Simeon when we celebrate his presentation in the Temple on February 2—this morning we begin the Season of Epiphany, that moves from the manifestation of Jesus at his baptism in . . . → Read More: Mark, 1:4-11, Christ’s Baptism, Christian Baptism

Mark 1:1-8, The Beginning of the Gospel

[December 7, 2014] The Second Sunday of Advent brings us to the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark and introduces us to John the Baptist and his message of repentance. He was telling people to prepare for the one who is to come, “the one who comes after me” the strap of . . . → Read More: Mark 1:1-8, The Beginning of the Gospel

Matthew 10:24-39, Confessing in Jesus

Baptism is About Allegiances (review)

[June 22, 2014] Last Sunday, Trinity Sunday, we considered the Great Commission at the end of the Gospel according to Matthew and Jesus’ mandate to disciple gentiles, baptizing them “into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We said that baptism . . . → Read More: Matthew 10:24-39, Confessing in Jesus

Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

[June 15, 2014] Today being Trinity Sunday, I want to focus on one clause in the so-called Great Commission. Matthew’s entire gospel was designed to come to a head at this particular point. From these words we can see what Matthew was up to all along: he was providing a basis and instruction . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus

[January 12, 2014] The Christmas season ended last Sunday and Epiphany began the following day. The first Sunday of Epiphany is when we remember the baptism of Jesus. Jesus’ life is marked by some key events: his conception and birth, his baptism, his transfiguration, and his death, resurrection and ascension. (His transfiguration, though, is not . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3:1-12, The Coming of God [unfinished]

[December 8, 2013] On the first Sunday of Advent we spoke of living with the Christian’s hope, the Lord’s second coming, and being in a state of preparedness for it. This second Sunday of Advent we consider the witness of John the Baptist who called all people to repent in view of the One . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-12, The Coming of God [unfinished]

Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Recapitulation and Fulfillment

[April 8, 2012] Today we come to the last chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. It is the conclusion not only of the passion account that began in chapter 26 but of the entire gospel. In no way is it an appendix. It is momentous; it is that . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Matthew 27:27-44, Jesus Suffers at the Hands of Men

[March 18, 2012] After offering Himself to the Father as a holocaust for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed, arrested and abandoned, then bullied by the stewards of God’s people (the chief priests and elders), denied by His disciple, and handed over to the Gentiles, that is, the . . . → Read More: Matthew 27:27-44, Jesus Suffers at the Hands of Men

Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means

[January 8, 2012] Please see the message, The Baptism of Our Lord, that I preached on January 13, 2008.

The Message of John (Matthew 3:1-17)

John preached a baptism of repentance and proclaimed the Coming One. He appeared dressed like the prophet Elijah and, like this figure, he pronounced the . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means