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Friday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 3:1-6

ShareRevelation 3:1-6 There are a lot of Sardis Christians and churches today.  There always have been, wherever Christians are willing to compromise with the culture of the day.  It’s not so easy to be a Sardis Christian when you’re busy being persecuted, but in times of peace and especially at times when Christianity is identified […]

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 2:12-17

ShareRevelation 2:12-17 I love the words with which the Alpha and Omega closes each message to the 7 churches.  They are each a picture of what life with Christ will be like in heaven for those who prove faithful.  They are the most persuasive motivators for those who dare to imagine them. How would you […]

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 2:1-11

ShareRevelation 2:1-11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” One of the most remarkable things about Scripture is how one of its writers like St. John can be writing to a specifically 1st century audience such as the 7 churches of Asia Minor and yet sound as […]

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 1:9-20

ShareRevelation 1:9-20 Who is Jesus Christ? There are many ways in which He has revealed Himself to us, and all of these are important.  Sometimes I think the dominant way contemporary Christians see Jesus is as a good friend.  He’s kinda just one of the guys, though definitely the leader of the pack.  We can […]

November 25, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Monday of Sunday Next Before Advent – Revelation 1:1-8

ShareRevelation 1:1-8 “The revelation of Jesus Christ.”  That’s how St. John begins the last and most difficult book in the Bible.  But too often, we approach St. John’s Revelation as if it were St. John’s Obfuscation.  I can hear it now: “The first lesson is taken from the twenty-first chapter of The Obfuscation of St. […]

November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:31-46

ShareMatthew 25:31-46             We Americans are the richest people who have ever lived.  I’m using statistics that are now almost a decade old (and I think these numbers are even higher), but 34% of our families own 2 TVs, and 40% own 3 or more.  Our average family has 2 cars, while 18.7% of us […]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:14-30

ShareMatthew 25:14-30 Having paid close attention to the last 3 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, this parable strikes me in a different way today.  Jesus is still talking in that long red-letter passage about when “these things shall be,” of which the disciples inquired.  He’s still talking about what He is about to do: His Crucifixion, […]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 25:1-13

ShareMatthew 25:1-13             One of my favorite shows growing up was Batman.  My favorite archvillain was King Tut (Julie Newmar’s Catwoman was a close 2nd).  I think Victor Buono was a comic genius!  Anyway, King Tut was in real life a mild-mannered Harvard professor of Egyptology, but when he got hit on the head, for […]

November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 24:42-51

ShareMatthew 24:42-51 Most of us adults don’t like being watched by our bosses.  As children, we know that we’re supposed to be watched and that this watching is for our own good.  We don’t always like it, but as children we know that it’s usually a good thing.  But as adults, we often rebel at […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 22 – Matthew 24:29-41

ShareMatthew 24:29-41 There was a thought-provoking book published a few years ago titled The Black Swan. It provides an insightful perspective into seemingly improbable events (i.e., a ‘black swan’) and our thinking that surrounds them. The author, Nassim Nicholas Taleb contends that black swans underlie most everything within our world, but we usually fail to […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More