Tag: grace

Tuesday of Trinity 10 – Romans 5

ShareRomans 5 “Sweet!  I get to write a devotional on Romans 5!” The problem is that there’s too much fruit to pick.  Shall I stuff myself on the citrus variety, the lemons, limes, orange, and – or should I go exotic and delight in papayas, mangoes, and star fruit (or “carambola”)? Maybe later, I’ll digest […]

August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 7 – Acts 22:30-23:11

ShareActs 22:30-23:11 “Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!” This was Paul’s plea when he was given the opportunity to give an account of himself and his life.  Paul could have said many things about his life, but he chose to say this.  Why would Paul give this simple account […]

July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 6 – Acts 21:15-26

ShareActs 21:15-26             “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).  This is what Paul says to the church at Corinth which he helped establish, the church at Corinth that we have […]

July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 15:1-12

ShareActs 15:1-12 “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they” (Acts 15:11). As Christians, this eternal truth is well known, as is its importance to everyone.  And yet these wonderful words have particular meaning today, as we recognize that they are […]

June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Pentecost Sunday (Trinity Eve) – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Share2 Corinthians 13:5-14 In St. Paul’s final words of the two letters we have of his to the Corinthian church, Paul speaks of power and weakness in the Kingdom of God, especially as it relates to Christian ministry.  For those who are familiar with St. Paul’s writings, it will come as no surprise (even if […]

May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Sexagesima Sunday – Galatians 5:1-12

ShareGalatians 5:1-12 What is the relationship between law and grace?  How can we be not under the Law and yet still be subject to God so that we obey His commandments (even if this were only the explicit ones in the New Testament)?  There is a complex history of Christian thought on the matter, but […]

February 4, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of Septuagesima Sunday – Galatians 1:11-24

ShareGalatians 1:11-24             “But it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (verse 15). This is an absolutely amazing statement!  But how many times have you read the book of Galatians and not […]

January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 1:12-20

Share1 Timothy 1:12-20 Today’s lesson is really very simple.  Though St. Paul has much more to say, and though understanding more perfectly what he does say today will take time, in essence his teaching is a simple but life-changing one. It is this: First, that “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, […]

October 14, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of 4th Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Share1 Corinthians 15:1-11 I haven’t read a lot of philosophy, only excerpts here and there, but one of my favorite philosophers is that great mid-20th century philosopher: Popeye. Now before you laugh – well I guess it’s too late for that . . . .  But Popeye was making a profound philosophical comment when he […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday Epiphany 2 – Philippians 1:1-11

SharePhilippians 1:1-11 Among all of the other wonderful elements in The Lord of the Rings, it is perhaps a story more about fellowship than anything else.  In fact, the second volume of the trilogy is called The Fellowship of the Ring.  In that story, great fellowship takes place among many different kinds of creatures.  If […]

January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More