Pentecost Sunday

May 24th this year was Pentecost Sunday, the Fiftieth Day after Easter and the tenth day after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. And the Lutheran lectionary readings (Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27;16:4-15) for this year’s Pentecost all talk about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity. We worship one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy …

A Resume for God

Everyone is fairly familiar with the concept of a resume.  In Europe and other places, it’s also frequently called a “curriculum vitae,” which is Latin for basically “the course of my life.”  So, a resume details the course of your life: where you went to school, what you studied, where you’ve worked, what skills you have.  The idea is that prospective …

"God will provide for Himself the lamb for the sacrifice"

In Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham is tested by God.  In Mark 1:9-15, Jesus is tempted by Satan.  Note the difference between the “testing” in Genesis and the “tempting” of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel.  God “tests” Abraham, but Satan “tempts” Jesus; as St. James notes, God doesn’t tempt us (James 1:12-18). So, God tells Abraham to take his only-begotten son Isaac and …