Living Beings – Pentecost Sunday

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the Fiftieth Day after Easter and the tenth day after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  All the traditional readings for today talk about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity (Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26ff).  We worship one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but today is most especially associated …

Spirit, Water, Blood

The Apostle John says that there are “three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree” (1 John 5:7-8) In the Old Testament, priests were sanctified for service by washing with water and by the blood of a sacrifice, and by anointing with oil, denoting the bestowal of the Holy Spirit.  In this way, …

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism – Reflections on the Ethiopian Eunuch

The book of Acts relates the growth of the New Testament Church following Pentecost.  What we see in Acts is the Holy Spirit working through God’s means of grace as distributed by the apostles and disciples of the early Church.  We see people being brought to faith through the proclamation of the Gospel, people being baptized, and people coming together …

The Good Shepherd

We tend to not take care of things that we didn’t pay for.  We just don’t give them the same standard of care that we give to things that we’ve had to sacrifice something for.  We see this type of behavior in children when they break toys we give them, or in neighbors when we loan them tools and sometimes …

“Everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled”

Today, I want to talk focus on the Bible and its principal message, because after Jesus’ resurrection, over a meal of fish, Jesus tells his disciples: “Everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:36-49). The Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms or Writings.  The Jews …