Archive for September, 2012

Monday of Trinity 17 – Matthew 12:1-13

ShareMatthew 12:1-13 What are we to do with the Sabbath?  Jesus actually has some things to say about the Sabbath, although He teaches about it mostly indirectly. This is a question that has vexed Christians for 2000 years.  At one extreme, Christians have insisted that there is just about nothing we can do on the […]

September 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 11:20-30

ShareMatthew 11:20-30 “Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Those who are used to the traditional Book of Common Prayer will recognize this verse (Matthew 11:28) as one of the 4 Comfortable Words that are said by the priest to the congregation after the General Confession […]

September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 11:2-19

ShareMatthew 11:2-19 “Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?” It seems like a clear and straightforward question.  I don’t know why, but I expect a clear and straightforward answer, you know, something like: “Yes, I am Jesus, the Messiah, the Coming One, the King of the Jews, the Son of God, […]

September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 10:32-11:1

ShareMatthew 10:32-11:1 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  But rather fear Him who […]

September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 10:16-31

ShareMatthew 10:16-31 I feel like Jonah running away.  I saw what today’s lesson was in Matthew 10 and ran smack dab in the middle of the difficult sayings of Jesus.  I thought about talking only about verses 30 and 31: they seemed pretty safe. Whenever Jesus spends time with His disciples, He gives them a […]

September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 9:36-10:15

ShareMatthew 9:36-10:15  When I was a kid, one of the shows we loved to watch together as a family was Mission: Impossible.  We loved the way that the Impossible Mission Force were always in some Eastern European country in which they used fake Eastern European accents and there were always vehicles on them that said […]

September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 16 – Matthew 9:18-35

ShareMatthew 9:18-35  So many wonderful choices today!  Do I want to be a ruler whose daughter is raised from the dead, a woman whose twelve-year flow of blood is healed, a blind man who sight is restored, or a mute and demon-possessed man who is healed? How ‘bout I get to be all of them! […]

September 23, 2012 | 3 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 9:9-17

ShareMatthew 9:9-17 A few years ago I was on flight back home from Atlanta to Little Rock and for the first time experienced a flight delay due to mechanical difficulties.  My twin brother Danny was with me and has happened to have had experiences like this more commonly, so I thought maybe his bad aeronautic […]

September 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 9:1-8

ShareMatthew  9:1-8  It’s curious in today’s passage that Jesus doesn’t just say, as He sometimes says: “Your faith has made you well,” but says instead: “Your sins are forgiven you.”  It’s interesting, of course, because in Jesus’ mind there is a connection between the paralysis of this man and his sins.  From this, we might […]

September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 8:14-27

ShareMatthew 8:14-27 “Teacher I will follow you wherever You go.”  “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. That’s who I am. I have many other identities and roles, but this is my most fundamental one: I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. It amazes me that […]

September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More