Archive for October, 2015

Saturday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:9-22

Share2 Timothy 4:9-22 Because of the extraordinary ministry and character of St. Paul, it is possible at times to get the impression that Paul was in the ministry alone.  But when you read passages like 2 Timothy 4:9ff, you realize how many co-laborers in the faith Paul really had.  Of these, Timothy himself was probably […]

October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Friday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Share2 Timothy 4:1-8 Something about me rebels against the phrase “We’re all winners here” when used in the middle of an athletic competition where there are obviously losers.  Maybe it comes from my years of watching the Chicago Cubs, but in a lot of human endeavors it sure doesn’t seem to me as if we […]

October 29, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of Trinity 21, 2015 – 2 Timothy 3

Share2 Timothy 3 If you are reading these Give Us This Day meditations, then you probably already know the supreme importance of the Holy Scriptures.  For many of us, it is something so deeply ingrained in us that it is as taken for granted as food or air. If you have been reading St. Paul’s […]

October 28, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Share2 Timothy 2:14-26 For years, I spent my life as a Christian focusing on some of the most obvious sins in my own life.  It’s true, that the sin in our lives should be a daily focus, for without acknowledging our sins there can be no confession of sins or repentance, and without these, no […]

October 27, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13

Share2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 At Halloween a lot of people dress up as a variety of monsters and other diverse personae.  Many of us have secret fantasies about who we would really like to be, fantasies about archetypal roles such as heroes, athletes, actors, artists, warriors, kings, scientists, doctors, or entrepreneurs. What St. Paul is asking […]

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Share2 Timothy 1:1-14 I want to discuss predestination and free will this morning. There – that ought to wake some of us up! All throughout St. Paul’s incredible opening to his second letter to Timothy he asserts, side by side, two fundamental truths of life in Christ.  First, your salvation, your faith, and your good […]

October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 6:12-21

Share1 Timothy 6:12-21 One final time, St. Paul is stirred up to remind Timothy of the most important things he has just told him.  It is like the final resolution in an extended symphony because Paul skillfully draws together the themes he has recorded for Timothy in the preceding 5 chapters. There is one meta-theme […]

October 23, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Friday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 6:1-11

Share1 Timothy 6:1-11 We live in a bipolar country that has on the one hand unparalleled worldly success, measured by physical comfort and luxury, and on the other hand has unparalleled unhappiness.  You could almost say that the U.S. has been a grand experiment in finding happiness in worldly things.  That experiment is a manifest […]

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 5:17-25

Share1 Timothy 5:17-25 St. Paul’s topic today is a very important one in the life of the church: the treatment of pastors or elders (presbyters or priests.)  Throughout 1 Timothy, Paul has dealt extensively with the office of elder because he is writing to Timothy on how to govern a church. I wish there were […]

October 21, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Share1 Timothy 5:1-16 Today, St. Paul teaches us about a little known “office” in the early church: that of widow.  Paul’s extended commandments concerning widows are astonishing in two ways.  The first thing that astonishes me is how seriously the early church took its vocation to provide for widows (see also James 1:27.)  The second […]

October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment More