The Voice Crying Out

December 13, 2020
Last Sunday we heard a very different John the Baptist than the one that John's gospel introduces us to this week.  In fact, the John of John's Gospel is never…

Good News: The Lord is Near

December 6, 2020
Mark's Gospel thus begins with the announcement that God's advent is about to occur. John the Baptist is the advance man in the operation, offering a baptism of repentance, washing…

Get Ready to be Redeemed

November 29, 2020
If the church said, "Christ is ruler of the church (and only, the church)," then we could say that, though his kingdom is small, it is growing.  But the church…
If the church said, "Christ is ruler of the church (and only, the church)," then we could say that, though his kingdom is small, it is growing.  But the church…
We mainline Christians are apt to be discomforted by Matthew's apocalyptic predictions.  There's no doubt that Matthew (in a way unlike Mark, Luke, or John) asserts that divine judgment is…

Self-Serving Worship

November 8, 2020
God is the active maker of history in Joshua's account who took Abram's hand and led him into a new land.  Abraham didn't seem to have much choice in the…

Learning from the Saints

November 1, 2020
Amid all the judgment and dread, this Sunday's reading from Revelation gives God's people a glimpse of the divine blessing that awaits them.  Four angels guard the four corners of…

Upside Down Kingdom

October 18, 2020
When push comes to shove, forgiveness is tough. When we hear the word forgiveness, it can stir up several different emotions. Often the areas of life that need forgiveness are…