Tag: baptism

Friday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 4:1-11

ShareMatthew 4:1-11  Baptism-Fasting-Feasting. This is the pattern of the life of Christ in Matthew 4, and it is the pattern of our lives as well.  You can even see this pattern in the Church Year that the church has created and preserved.  Advent and Christmas are kinds of baptisms or new beginnings: Advent is the […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 11 – Romans 10

ShareRomans 10 What were you thinking about right before you started to read Give Us This Day this morning (today)? What’s the default mode of your inner existence?  When the distractions of the world are stripped away and you lie awake and still at night, what whispers in your ears and heart? The word that […]

August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 10 – Romans 6

ShareRomans 6 Changes of identity fascinate us human beings.  It’s one of the reasons Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and multiple personality disorders (Three Faces of Eve; Sybil) intrigue us.  People like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and David Bowie are particularly notable examples of the chameleon-like nature of modern identity.  You’re all familiar with the gender […]

August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 7 – Acts 23:12-24

ShareActs 23:12-24 “Some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.” Do you find this incredible, that a bunch of 1st century Jews would vow to eat or drink nothing until they had murdered someone?  It’s incredible to me, […]

July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 2:11-21

ShareGalatians 2:11-21 Theologically, I say with St. Paul that “a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.”  Devotionally, which is to say theologically in a personal and applied way, I say with St. Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who […]

January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Epiphany 1 – John 3:1-13

ShareJohn 3:1-13 I am the one who comes by night; I am the one who comes. Forgive me for having the cowardice to come by night, but please remember that I am one that comes to see and learn. Some will deride me, saying, “He is a teacher of the law and should know all […]

January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 23 – Colossians 2:6-19

ShareColossians 2:6-19 “God is absolutely sovereign, and man is accountable before Him.” This is such a major theme of the Bible that it appears in just about every nook and cranny of God’s revelation.  It’s an important truth to keep in mind as we look at baptism this morning. Baptism is, first of all, the […]

November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 5, 2015 – Luke 11:14-28

ShareLuke 11:14-28 You might remember the Ajax White Knight, clad in silver armor, mounted on a white steed, and galloping valiantly down neighborhood streets zapping dirty laundry with his magic white lance to the tune of “Stronger than Dirt.”  Apparently, the inspiration for the White Knight campaign originated in a dream that the ad creator, […]

July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of 2nd Sunday after Trinity – Luke 5:27-39

ShareLuke 5:27-39 St. Paul is fond of saying that we must take off the old man and put on the new.  He meant by this, of course, that if we are united to Jesus Christ then we are new creatures.  As a new creature in Christ, you are to mortify (put to death) the Old […]

June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Easter Tuesday – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Share1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 On Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the happiest, most joyful, most glorious day of the year to the Christian!  For our Lord, who was dead, was raised to life again. Not only is the Resurrection at the center of Christian theology, it is at the […]

April 6, 2015 | 1 Comment More