Theology

The Baptism of Jesus

Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.   Now in the very beginning, God created all things “very good” and perfect.  However, decay, death and evil soon intruded into God’s good creation through the sin of Adam and Eve.  This was “not good” and made His creation no longer perfect.  But, God promised a Savior who would reconcile us to …

A Light to the Nations

Last Sunday in our readings we had Jesus’ presentation at the temple and the joy that that gave the faithful Simeon and Anna who encountered him.  We have there the Song of Simeon where Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms and praised him as a light for revelation to the gentiles and for glory for God’s people Israel.  …

The Song of Simeon

Our Gospel reading for today (Luke 2:22-40) contains what is called the “Song of Simeon,” also known as the “Nunc Dimittis,” which in Latin simply means “Now Dismiss,” because of the first words of the song in Latin.  Like many things in Latin it sounds more impressive before you translate it into English.  This Song of Simeon, of course, is …

Merry Christmas!

The Bible begins in Genesis by recording: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.  And God saw …