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Wednesday of Pentecost Sunday – 1 Corinthians 2

Share1 Corinthians 2 St. Paul is making a very important argument here in I Corinthians 2, but if we treat the Bible as a collection of individual verses to cherry pick for argumentation or meditation, we’ll miss his point.  He seems to be arguing like this: No one knows the things of a man except […]

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Pentecost Sunday – 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Share1 Corinthians 12:1-13 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 – but that’s a different story!  Growing up, I liked the Hulk, among other superheroes.  My favorite villain was the Hulk’s nemesis, the […]

May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Pentecost Sunday – 1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Share1 Corinthians 3:9-17 In I Corinthians 3:16 St. Paul makes a startling statement that, if we truly understood it, should make your whole body tingle with electricity.  For he asks:  “Do you not know that you are the temple of God?”  The meaning of Pentecost is this: the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ has filled […]

May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 22:1-17

ShareRevelation 22:1-17 Revelation is for us. By “revelation” I mean both St. John’s biblion, as well as the entirety of God’s revelation. Revelation is for us. As far as when the events of St. John’s Revelation will take place, by now you will have noticed that I believe the Revelation is primarily about what Jesus […]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 21:9-27

ShareRevelation 21:9-27 I love playing the word association game.  If someone says “Light,” then I might say “Dark.”  If they say “Black,” I might say “White.”  Actually, knowing me, I’ll go out of my way to find something to say other than the obvious.  If you said “White,” I’d be more likely to say something […]

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 21:1-8

ShareRevelation 21:1-8 Initial, progressive, final.  Remember that: it will help you understand how Revelation can actually be a revelation of Jesus Christ in your life.  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 […]

May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 19:11-16

ShareRevelation 19:11-16 St. John’s Revelation forces me to consider the crucial, age-old question of how to act like a Colossus of Rhodes and straddle the river of living waters that flows from Holy Scripture.  On the one side, I have to plant my foot into the 1st century Roman and Jewish world; on the other, […]

May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 11:15-19

ShareRevelation 11:15-19 In Revelation 11, St. John continues his theme of the destruction of the Old Covenant and the birth of the New Covenant.  The Mystery of God has been accomplished (or revealed), as the gospel is preached (Revelation 10:7).  What is this Mystery?  It is the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  According […]

May 18, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Monday of the Sunday after the Ascension – Revelation 5

ShareRevelation 5 I wish I knew more songs.  Actually, I probably know a few thousand (and probably 200 or so just from the Beatles), and at home, I’m always seizing a shard from some song I know and mutating the words weirdly to fit something one of the kids has said.  They say to me, […]

May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 5th Sunday after Easter – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Share2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 Let’s give thanks to God for His kingdom and His power and His glory revealed in us.  Let’s show the world His kingdom and power and glory by leading holy, Spirit-filled, Word-filled lives! Today’s passage is an interesting one because instead of praising the Thessalonians as he has done before, Paul gives […]

May 15, 2015 | 1 Comment More