Archive for September, 2013

Thursday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Share1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Why is St. Paul so concerned about the “abundant life”?  What is this abundant life of which he speaks?  Some would have you believe that this “abundant life” is the same thing as material prosperity.  If so, I think St. Paul would have been surprised that he wasn’t living a very abundant […]

September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 16 – 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

Share1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 There are a lot of myths that we receive in American culture that are not necessarily consistent with the life in Christ revealed in the Bible.  One of these is what I call the Myth of Graduation. We like graduations, and with good reason.  Graduations mark the times when we have graduated […]

September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

Share1 Thessalonians 2:1-13 St. Paul’s ministry is both so fruitful and so apostolic that we might be tempted to think that such fruit is only for apostles, or bishops or pastors. Not so! While none of us will ever have the same apostolic ministry Paul had and very, very few will ever have the scope […]

September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 1

Share1 Thessalonians 1 In 1 Thessalonians we are privileged to see the remarkable ministry of St. Paul in action in a different church, the Church at Thessalonica.  While for so much of 2 Corinthians Paul’s focus was on his ministry and how he has served, needing to defend his apostolic ministry against those who would […]

September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 15th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 13

Share2 Corinthians 13 In St. Paul’s final words of the two letters we have of his to the Corinthian church, Paul speaks of power and weakness in the Kingdom of God, especially as it relates to Christian ministry.  For those who are familiar with St. Paul’s writings, it will come as no surprise (even if […]

September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 15th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 12:14-21

Share2 Corinthians 12:14-21 Would you like to know the secret to being a successful minister of the Lord?  Would you like to know the secret to being a successful church? I just underlined in red the relevant phrases in my Bible – something I never do anymore. It is all right there, in verses 14, […]

September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 15th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

Share2 Corinthians 12:1-13 Sometimes I want to be the apostle Paul and other times I don’t.  Who cannot but hope for such visions and revelations as Paul had, and who cannot help desiring to be caught up into the third heaven?  Of course, with such visions and revelations go the kind of persecution we read […]

September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 15 – 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Share2 Corinthians 11:16-33 While Jesus Christ is, of course, the ultimate superhero, St. Paul should definitely be seen as a hero.  I could go into a discussion of how Paul can be seen as a hero in classical terms – but I’ll spare you. But by almost any definition, Paul is a hero and should […]

September 10, 2013 | 3 Comments More

Tuesday of 15th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Share2 Corinthians 11:1-15 In the past 10 chapters we have heard and seen in action the extraordinary lengths St. Paul goes to minister to the Corinthian church in love. What is Paul’s secret to being so faithful and so dedicated, in spite of incredible difficulties and suffering?  It is this: that he sees the Corinthian […]

September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 15th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 10

Share2 Corinthians 10 Whether we acknowledge it or not, every day we are in the middle of a great spiritual war.  Because we grew up in the middle of this war and have gotten used to the sounds and smells of war; because we were born on the wrong and losing side of the war […]

September 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More