Tag: faithfulness

Wednesday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 2:13-23

ShareMatthew 2:13-23 I am amazed and humbled again at the obedience of Joseph.  Now it’s true that Joseph was especially privileged to have heard angels speak to him in dreams, upon several occasions.  Yet he still had to obey.  And if it’s true that Mary was perpetually virgin, which has implications for Joseph’s sex life, […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 3:1-9

ShareGalatians 3:1-9 Paul is so abundantly clear on the point that we are not justified by the works of the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ and that we receive the Spirit by faith and not by the Law that I won’t spend much time on it here.  In a different age, I would […]

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More

December 31 – Hebrews 3

ShareHebrews 3 Good day, partakers of Jesus Christ!  Partakers, that is, if you hold the beginning of your confidence steadfast to the end and if you do not depart from the living God.  But I am persuaded of better things for you. God has called you to be a partaker of Jesus Christ.  If you […]

December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 2:14-26

ShareJames 2:14-26 Sola Fide!  Faith alone!  That was one of the rallying cries made by the Protestant Reformers in the 16th century.  The slogan “faith alone” was particularly popularized by Martin Luther in his violent reaction to the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. As a consequence, for some centuries now Protestants have been strongly […]

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:22-27

ShareJames 1:22-27 None of us likes people who say one thing and do another.  In fact, some of our harshest criticism is for those who not only sin or do what is wrong but also do it in violation of what they themselves proclaim. We have a word for such people: hypocrites. To some extent […]

October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:12-21

ShareJames 1:12-21 There is an incredible riddle hidden in the English translations of James 1, wrapped in the mystery of God’s wisdom, inside the enigma of the Greek language.  This riddle is why the Greek word peirasmos is translated “trial” in verse 2 but “temptation” in verses 12-14.  It is the same word, and yet […]

October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 1

Share1 Thessalonians 1 In 1 Thessalonians we are privileged to see the remarkable ministry of St. Paul in action in a different church, the Church at Thessalonica.  While for so much of 2 Corinthians Paul’s focus was on his ministry and how he has served, needing to defend his apostolic ministry against those who would […]

September 20, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of Trinity 10 – Luke 20:9-26

ShareLuke 20:9-26  The parable of the wicked vinedressers is a parable that Jesus spoke primarily to the Jews.  They are the ones who were given God’s vineyard and told to keep it.  They were the ones who had God’s servants the prophets sent to them so that they might be reminded to bear fruit, and […]

August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 7th Sunday after Trinity – Luke 13:22-35

ShareLuke 13:22-35 There will be many other occasions to hear Jesus talk about how we must enter into the narrow gate and about the sin of hypocrisy, two themes that Jesus addresses this morning. What draws me like a magnet this morning instead is how Jesus responds to our choosing to take the broad way, […]

July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 4th Sunday in Trinity – Luke 8:16-25

ShareLuke 8:16-25 “For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” What’s up with this passage?  Is this the same Jesus they’ve been telling us about?  He sounds like a kind of Robin Hood in reverse.  He seems like […]

June 29, 2015 | 1 Comment More