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…

Jesus Christ is Seizing Us!

January 5, 2020
John begins at the beginning, intentionally paralleling much of the language from Genesis (which means “In the beginning”). If you thought that the birth of Christ was a sweet story…

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…