Archive for September, 2015

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 18, 2015 | 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 17, 2015 | 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 16, 2015 | 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 15, 2015 | 0 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 14, 2015 | 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 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 14th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 9

Share2 Corinthians 9 “God loves a cheerful giver.” We’ve all heard this before, usually at the very time we are not being a cheerful giver and don’t want to hear it.  But it’s true: God loves a cheerful giver. This simple but powerful statement could be used as a blunt instrument to pressure someone into […]

September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 14th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 8:16-24

Share2 Corinthians 8:16-24 How blessed Titus is! How many people received the special commendation of St. Paul the way Titus did?  Not many – perhaps only Timothy. To see why Titus receives such high praise from Paul, we must go back to 2 Corinthians 7:6.  Here we find that Paul himself was comforted by the […]

September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More

14th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Share2 Corinthians 8:1-15 It is so easy to speak of love and so difficult to live it out.  If we reflect for a moment about what has been a consistent theme of St. Paul’s in 2 Corinthians, the passage this morning will become even more outrageously challenging to us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 – God “comforts […]

September 9, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of the 14th Sunday After Trinity – 2 Corinthians 7:2-16

Share2 Corinthians 7:2-16 There he goes again! St. Paul can’t seem to let go of the idea that we should be joyful in our sufferings and tribulations. Of course, I’m glad he can’t let go of it because our sufferings are the Cross of Jesus Himself.  I am exceedingly joyful that Jesus Himself didn’t let […]

September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More