Theology

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 …

Witnesses and Martyrs

In our Gospel reading for today (Mark 13:1-13), Jesus tells his disciples: “… be on your guard.  For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.  And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.  And when …

Everything, and a Better Day

The Old Testament and Gospel readings today revolve around widows, particularly the contrast between these widows and people who are rich and powerful (1 Kings 17:8-16 and Mark 12:38-44).  In 1 Kings, we read about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath.  Right before our reading for today, Elijah had announced the Lord Yahweh’s judgment against Israel for its unfaithfulness to …