The Sermon on the Mount, a collection of Jesus's teachings, opens with the Beatitudes.  Jesus has called people to follow him.  But what is the substance of that following?  What…

A Lamp in the Darkness

January 26, 2020
With the Psalmist, we sing with such bold confidence in the light and salvation of God precisely at those moments when we are filled with fear.  We sing our way…
The psalmist says that God "leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help" (v. 1).  Psalms of thanksgiving tend to have a stereotypical form: the crisis is…

Love: God with Us!

December 22, 2019
Matthew explicitly says that Mary was a virgin, thus signifying that this is no ordinary human birth. In this birth, God is at work bringing about God’s purposes for the…

Joy: Go and Tell John

December 15, 2019
John the Baptist is in jail and he is asking questions.  The questions seem to arise, not out of belief, but from doubt.  If Jesus is God's Messiah, God's answer…
We have here in Romans 15 one of the rare instances where Paul interrupts his testimony to speak of the testimony that is scripture.  Perhaps that's the reason that this…
Two people come up to the temple to pray.  One notes his own righteousness, based upon his spiritual achievements.  The other man stands afar off and blurts out words that…

Obsessed with God

October 13, 2019
Psalm 111 is about God and not about us. It’s a poem, a hymn, of theology rather than anthropology. The psalm begins with “Hallelujah,” and then follows with a celebration…