Tag: holiness

Thursday of Trinity 9 – Romans 3:1-20

ShareRomans 3:1-20 This is a truly sobering passage of Scripture. Paul’s summary assessment of humanity without Christ is this: all are under sin.  Listen again to what Paul has to say: 10  “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12  They have […]

July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 9 – Romans 1:1-17

ShareRomans 1:1-17 Out of Paul’s life and into his head.  This ought to be interesting, having just finished Acts to enter into Paul’s magnum opus, his letter to the Romans. Do you get the idea, reading Romans 1, that Paul thinks that the gospel of Jesus Christ is important?  More than important, the gospel of […]

July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Share1 Timothy 3:1-13 St. Paul continues in chapter 3 with his teaching on authority in the church, only this time he is addressing bishops and deacons in particular.  Like so much of Scripture, if we really believed what God has commanded us, I wonder how it might revolutionize our lives and our churches. As we […]

October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Share1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 “Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss” (verse 26.) I’m sorry, but that sounds just plain weird to me.  And it is, at least to my own cultural ears and imagination, rooted in 20th century America. But might such an idea still have significance for us?  Though the cultural differences are […]

September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 16th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Share1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Why is St. Paul so concerned about the “abundant life”?  What is this abundant life of which he speaks?  Some would have you believe that this “abundant life” is the same thing as material prosperity.  If so, I think St. Paul would have been surprised that he wasn’t living a very abundant […]

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 14th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1

Share2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 “Do not be equally yoked together with unbelievers.” “What agreement has the temple of God with idols?”  For you are the temple of the living God.” These are words that every Christian understands and yet words that many Christians violate daily.  St. Paul reiterates his teaching from I Corinthians that we are […]

September 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 5 – Luke 11:29-36

ShareLuke 11:29-36 I once wrote a poem that began: “Why are there 7 holes in my head?” The answer to that question (in prosaic terms) is “To take in God and be transformed and show Him to the world.”  One way of looking at the purpose of mankind is to examine our lives in terms […]

July 9, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of 2nd Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Share1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Though Paul’s letters are not usually laid out as a whole in terms of a logical argument, I think it’s still possible to discern a pattern or picture in his teachings to the Corinthians.  Paul’s overall message through much of 1 Corinthians is that he wants the Church, including the Church at […]

March 2, 2015 | 2 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 20 – Matthew 21:1-16

ShareMatthew 21:1-16 In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of “childbed fever.” A doctor’s daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies.  From there he made his way to the hospital to examine […]

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 9 – Romans 1:1-17

ShareRomans 1:1-17 Out of Paul’s life and into his head.  This ought to be interesting, having just finished Acts to enter into Paul’s magnum opus, his letter to the Romans. Do you get the idea, reading Romans 1, that Paul thinks that the gospel of Jesus Christ is important?  More than important, the gospel of […]

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More