Festival of the Holy Trinity

On Sunday, June 1st the Church on earth celebrated the Festival of the Holy Trinity, also known as Trinity Sunday. The Lutheran lectionary for this year’s festival used texts from Psalm 29, Isaiah 6:1-8, Acts 2:14a, 22-36, and John 3:1-17. The reading from Isaiah is actually one of my favorite texts in the Bible. Do you know that the Apostle …

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 …