Theology

The Shade Tree – Mark 4:26-34

If you’ve ever done any gardening, it’s quite an enjoyable and amazing experience.  In the past, we’ve planted a vegetable garden in our yard in the section that we called our “ugly area.”  In that area, we tilled the ground, then placed the seeds, then covered up the seeds with earth and carefully watered them.  We planted things like tomatoes, …

The Blame Game

We as fallen people tend to be good at blaming others.  We see it throughout our lives.  When we’re young, we blame a sibling for the broken lamp.  When we’re older, we blame a co-worker for the missed deadline.   We blame society for our situation in life.   This blaming has been going on since the very beginning.  We …

Distractions

St. Paul writes to the congregation in Corinth: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…” (2 Corinthians 4:5). The great fear that I have for the wider Church is that we lose sight of Christ’s mission which he has given to us of proclaiming him to all nations, particularly the Church as she exists in …

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, …

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 …