Archive for January, 2014

Tuesday of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – John 3:22-36

ShareJohn 3:22-36              “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This is a good verse to live by. Oh, it’s not likely to make anyone’s Top 100 verses, but I still think it’s pretty cool.  Isn’t this the essence of the Christian life: that He must increase, but I must decrease? If you think about […]

January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany – John 3:14-21

ShareJohn 3:14-21 When did John 3:16 become the most famous verse in the Bible?  I’m not sure.  If you had to pick only one verse in the Bible to memorize, you probably couldn’t do better, although there are many others equally worthy. What I fear is that anyone would think that the verse is sufficient […]

January 19, 2014 | 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 17, 2014 | 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 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 3:1-13

ShareEphesians 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 certain surprise their father had […]

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Epiphany 1 – Ephesians 2:11-22

ShareEphesians 2:11-22 Open almost any page of almost any newspaper and you can’t help but be struck by the fact that the world is in chaos. We sent 1000s of our troops to Iraq because Saddam Hussein threatened the peace of the region and of the entire world.  We have 1000s more troops in many […]

January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of First Sunday after Epiphany – Ephesians 2:1-10

ShareEphesians 2:1-10 What would you give to a doctor who told you, when someone you love is at the point of death, that he could cure him?  That he would give him back his life – and not just for a few months hooked up to a roomful of machines and monitors – but that […]

January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Epiphany 1 – John 1:1-18

ShareJohn 1:1-18 Years ago one Christmas, in my adventures with a friend of mine, we stumbled across the New Mexico town of Madrid.  Madrid had formerly been a coal mining town and then a ghost town, and most recently artists had started to re-colonize it.  But back in the 1930s Madrid had a spectacular display […]

January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

January 11 – Romans 11:13-27

ShareRomans 11:13-27 As with a lot of the book of Romans, the thorny issue of election and predestination sprouts up here in Romans 11.  But this time in a different way. This time, though St. Paul reminds us of Israel’s election (verse 28) and that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (verse 29), […]

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

January 10 – Romans 10:1-21

ShareRomans 10:1-21 “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” St. Paul says.  The connection between these 3 things – the Word of God, our mouths, and our hearts – is at the center of the mystery of how God comes down and saves man.  Of course, it is all of […]

January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More