Archive for November, 2012

Saturday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 3:7-22

ShareRevelation 3:7-22 It’s very tempting to write today about the Laodicean church.  I think there’s a common perception that today’s church is the church in Laodicea and is a lukewarm church.  In truth, parts of the church have always been like this. But I am persuaded of better things for us, and so today I […]

November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 3:1-6

ShareRevelation 3:1-6 There are a lot of Sardis Christians and churches today.  There always have been, wherever Christians are willing to compromise with the culture of the day.  It’s not so easy to be a Sardis Christian when you’re busy being persecuted, but in times of peace and especially at times when Christianity is identified […]

November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 2:12-17

ShareRevelation 2:12-17 I love the words with which the Alpha and Omega closes each message to the 7 churches.  They are each a picture of what life with Christ will be like in heaven for those who prove faithful.  They are the most persuasive motivators for those who dare to imagine them. How would you […]

November 28, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 2:1-11

ShareRevelation 2:1-11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” One of the most remarkable things about Scripture is how one of its writers like St. John can be writing to a specifically 1st century audience such as the 7 churches of Asia Minor and yet sound as […]

November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 1:9-20

ShareRevelation 1:9-20 Who is Jesus Christ? There are many ways in which He has revealed Himself to us, and all of these are important.  Sometimes I think the dominant way contemporary Christians see Jesus is as a good friend.  He’s kinda just one of the guys, though definitely the leader of the pack.  We can […]

November 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 1:1-8

ShareRevelation 1:1-8 “The revelation of Jesus Christ.”  That’s how St. John begins the last and most difficult book in the Bible.  But too often, we approach St. John’s Revelation as if it were St. John’s Obfuscation.  I can hear it now: “The first lesson is taken from the twenty-first chapter of The Obfuscation of St. […]

November 25, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 24 – Matthew 28:11-20

ShareMatthew 28:11-20 Matthew 28:18-20 has rightly been called the Great Commission, for great it is. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I […]

November 23, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 24 – Matthew 28:1-10

ShareMatthew 28:1-10 For some reason, something totally unexpected dazzles me about the resurrection passage this morning.  It’s not the great earthquake.  It’s not the countenance like lightning and the clothing white as snow of the angel.  It’s not the resurrected Jesus. What I find deafening is the relative quiet of the passage, and what I […]

November 22, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 24 – Matthew 27:57-66

ShareMatthew 27:57-66 Today’s passage is just a little bit eerie.  But Holy Saturday is always that way to me. It’s like the unearthly eye of the storm, in which you feel calm but can’t feel peace because you just know something big is about to happen. For today, we must allow Jesus to be dead.  […]

November 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of Trinity 24 – Matthew 27:45-56

ShareMatthew 27:45-56 So this is what it has all come to.  Three years of teaching about and living in the Kingdom of Heaven, and this is what it has all come to.  He wasn’t kidding about going up to Jerusalem to be delivered to death, a death on the cross.  Not just three years but […]

November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More