Archive for January, 2013

Monday of 2nd Sunday after Epiphany – Ephesians 4:17-32

ShareEphesians 4:17-32 The drama of good vs. evil grips us because it hits so close to home.  Some of the most compelling myths today – things like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings – grab us precisely because they dramatize the battle between good and evil. But the most dramatic version of the battle […]

January 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Epiphany 1 – Colossians 3:18-4:18

ShareColossians 3:18-4:18 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17.) “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23.) Here is the ultimate goal for every Christian and […]

January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Epiphany 4 – Colossians 3:12-17

ShareColossians 3:12-17 St. Paul’s sustained teaching through chapters 2 and 3 has been that because we are buried and raised with Christ in baptism, we are to keep our mind on things in heaven by taking off the Old Man and putting on the New Man which is Jesus Christ.  The work that God began […]

January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 4 – Colossians 2:20-3:11

ShareColossians 2:20-3:11 Sometimes you think you know someone.  And then you stumble upon their CD collection or, in my case, my record collection.  Though I’ve been branching out a lot in recent years, if you looked at my record collection you might come away with the idea that it revolves around two poles: Baroque classical […]

January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Epiphany 4 – Colossians 2:6-19

ShareColossians 2:6-19 I don’t think we really understand the magnitude of this New Life that we have in Jesus Christ.  Growing up, sometimes it’s easy to hear about how to be a Christian and to even continue going to church and praying and reading our Bibles, and yet still the spiritual truth of our life […]

January 15, 2013 | 3 Comments More

Tuesday of Epiphany 1 – Colossians 1:18-2:5

ShareColossians 1:18-2:5 When I was a kid, I was bewitched by valuable coins, eagerly collecting any I could find in loose change and spending some of my very limited supply of money on collecting them.  Through a mail order company I had received 4 coins as part of a “Giant Grab Bag” of coins.  One […]

January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 1st Sunday after Epiphany – Colossians 1:1-17

ShareColossians 1:1-17 History is full of the rich and wealthy who have showered themselves and others with expensive luxuries.  In flipping around, I’ve noticed several VH1 shows that go into exquisite detail about the prodigalities of the extremely wealthy.  But for pure extravagance, it would be hard to beat the Roman emperor Elagabalus (or Heliogabalus), […]

January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 4:1-16

ShareEphesians 4:1-16 When I grew up in Champaign, Illinois for the first 10 years of my life, I had this incredible sense of being home and of being at peace.  Though I’ve lived away from Champaign for more than 30 years now, there is a sense in which it is still the measure of what […]

January 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 3:14-21

ShareEphesians 3:14-21 There are many kinds of Christians, but among those I’ve known are Lone Ranger Larry and Sunday Susan. Lone Ranger Larry has been taught that the church is an invisible collection of individuals who happen to meet together on Sundays.  He believes that God can be worshiped just as easily in one place […]

January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 3:1-13

ShareThursday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 3:1-13 “Wonder what mystery Dad’s working on now?” Joe asked. His brother Frank looked eagerly down the platform of the Bayport railroad station.  “It must be a very important case, the way Dad dashed off to Detroit.  We’ll know in a few minutes.” Both boys were wondering about a […]

January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More