Archive for March, 2015

Friday of 4th Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Share1 Corinthians 14:26-40 God has made us one Body out of many members.  He has given each of us different gifts that are supposed to work all together for the edification of the Body and the glory of God.  But we know that humanly speaking if you just gather together a lot of people who […]

March 18, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of 4th Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 14:12-25

Share1 Corinthians 14:12-25 St. Paul is a bulldog!  Even in discussing the use of God’s gifts, which could easily be hoarded for self, Paul’s focus is so clearly on what is edifying to others.  This is why St. Chrysostom says: “The building up of the church is Paul’s touchstone in everything he says.”  This desire […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of 4th Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 14:1-12

Share1 Corinthians 14:1-12 In St. Paul’s fascinating discussion of the gifts of tongues and prophecies we sometimes miss the main point of his words.  He wasn’t producing a manual on these gifts or defining exactly what they were (I wish he had!)  His main point, not surprisingly, is that use the spiritual gifts we have […]

March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 4th Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 12: 31-13:13

Share1 Corinthians 12: 31b – 13:13 On August 23rd of 2005, Hurricane Katrina was born as a tropical depression in the southeastern Bahamas, strengthening into a tropical storm the next day. A few hours before landfall in south Florida at around 6.30 EDT on August 25th, Katrina strengthened to become a category 1 (wind speeds […]

March 16, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Monday of 4th Sunday in Lent – Luke 8:16-25

ShareLuke 8:16-25 “For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” What’s up with this passage?  Is this the same Jesus they’ve been telling us about?  He sounds like a kind of Robin Hood in reverse.  He seems like […]

March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 3rd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Share1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? I wrote a novel when I was in college about a guy name Tom Noone who wanted to be a superhero named Zolton – but that’s a different story! Growing up, I liked the Hulk, among other superheroes.  My favorite villain was the Hulk’s […]

March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 3rd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Share1 Corinthians 11:17-34 There is too much to meditate on in this one chapter (the 1928 Prayer Book lectionary conveniently skips verses 2-16!)  It’s really a choice between focusing on the relationships and roles of men and women and meditating more on the Lord’s Supper.  Since the latter is not addressed so clearly elsewhere in […]

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 3rd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

Share1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 It’s time again for Erlandson’s Special and General Theories of Sacramentality.  If you’ve been reading Give Us This Day for a while, you might remember that Erlandson’s Special Theory of Sacramentality states that God’s grace is communicated through and visibly signified by His special Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, if faithfully received. […]

March 11, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of 3rd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 10:14-22

Share1 Corinthians 10:14-22 You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, which means that God has chosen to dwell with you. But how this happens is a mystery.  I can’t explain how the Holy Spirit could overshadow Mary and so incarnate the Second Person of the Trinity.  I can’t explain how the Holy Spirit could […]

March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of the 3rd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Share1 Corinthians 10:1-13 If you’ve ever wondered about the value of reading the Old Testament, you’ve come to the right place, for in 1 Corinthians 10 St. Paul explains how we might profitably read the Old Testament for our edification.  Actually, in 1 Corinthians 9:8ff he already gave us a lesson on how to interpret […]

March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More