John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

[May 31, 2015] Today is Trinity Sunday, which in our current church calendar falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus, having suffered and risen from the dead, ascended to “the right hand of the Father” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit on his qahal, those in Israel who had gathered . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

[December 28, 2014] For today, the First Sunday of Christmas, the text is the eighteen verse prologue of the Gospel according to John. This particular text leaves me dumbfounded. It is like a labyrinth. Read verses 1-8 to the south, verses 9-11 to the east, verses 12-13 at the center, verse 14 to . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

John 14:1-14, The Father’s House

[May 18, 2014] This is the fifth Sunday of Easter and today the text comes from the long discourse that Jesus gave in the Gospel according to John at the Last Supper on the night of his arrest. It takes the place of the Eucharistic meal of the Passover Seder which is narrated . . . → Read More: John 14:1-14, The Father’s House

John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

[January 5, 2014] Today—the Second Sunday of Christmas—we consider one of the most profound passages of the Christian Scriptures, the Prologue of the Gospel according to John. This Prologue corresponds to the twenty-first chapter of the same gospel, having the same number of letters as the other has words; both being carefully . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

Matthew 1:18-25, The Genesis of Jesus Christ

[December 22, 2013] Today is the last Sunday of Advent and this year our text is the second half of Matthew chapter one. It is the narrative description of the first half, which, as all are familiar with the New Testament know, is: “The roll of the genealogy [genesis] of Jesus Christ . . . → Read More: Matthew 1:18-25, The Genesis of Jesus Christ

Matthew 8:2-17, Dispensations of Salvation

[May 6, 2012] Jesus comes down from the mountain—which in Matthew’s gospel has associations with Sinai (and spiritual revelation)—and returns to the people of Israel, and they follow Him. Here begins the next “discipleship manual” in the gospel, in each of which Matthew presents a narrative followed by a teaching. This section, . . . → Read More: Matthew 8:2-17, Dispensations of Salvation

Matthew 1:1-25, The King of the Kingdom of the Heavens

[December 25, 2011] The passage before us, which I have chosen for this Christmas, begins the New Testament and sets the stage for Matthew’s presentation of the Gospel. For a Christmas meditation, it is striking in its affect. For more than anything else, here, Jesus is a King, and not just a King, . . . → Read More: Matthew 1:1-25, The King of the Kingdom of the Heavens

John 10:22-42, “The Work for Which You Are Stoning Me”

[February 27, 2011] Next Sunday we will celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ, which ends the season of Epiphany. When we remember Jesus in the synoptic gospels, the season of Epiphany travels from the epiphany (“manifestation”) of the voice from heaven at the baptism of our Lord to the epiphany of the voice from . . . → Read More: John 10:22-42, “The Work for Which You Are Stoning Me”

John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

[December 26, 2010] Today we consider the prologue of the Gospel according to John, one of the most profound passages in the Christian Scriptures. Before we begin, however, it is worth noting that it is impossible to do it justice, nor with my time constraints to even consider it in detail. It encapsulates . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

Luke 1:26-56, The Word Become Flesh

[December 13, 2009] Last Sunday we read in the beginning of The Gospel according to John how the Word of God—which is God being face-to-face with God and thus the expressing of God’s essence—was the One who expressed creation into being and is expressed everywhere in the creation. We also read how the . . . → Read More: Luke 1:26-56, The Word Become Flesh