Here, Jesus is teaching (through a strange passage about Pilate, pillars, and figs) the essential nature of repentance. Christ offers a life of flourishing and fruitfulness, an honest life, a…
This passage tells of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Christ’s time of testing in the wilderness forged his resolve as both human and divine, a testing that we experience and…

The Tale of Two Testaments

February 27, 2022
Luke is the only Gospel attempting to tell us the substance of the Transfiguration conversation, saying that Moses and Elijah “were speaking of his departure, which he was about to…

Pursuit of Happiness

February 13, 2022
What is happiness? In today’s world, happiness is consumer-driven and circumstantial. The accumulation of “stuff largely determines it.” The car we drive, the house we live in, the clothes we…

The Core of Our Faith

February 6, 2022
Note that in Paul’s rendition of the “gospel of God” as he called it, we are told more about who Christ is than what he says or does. Paul cites…

The Way of Love

January 30, 2022
Love is the mark of a Christian. But what is love? Love can mean a multitude of things in today’s world. In His letter to the church in Corinth, Paul…

Wonderful Words of Life

January 23, 2022
Note that Jesus comes to Nazareth in the power of the Spirit. He had actually been strengthened by the experience of his wilderness encounter with evil. He has gone out…

A Sign of Something More

January 16, 2022
This Sunday’s appointed Gospel, John’s account of the wedding at Cana, is unique to the fourth Gospel. It is the first of Jesus’s seven “signs.” A sign is something that points to something else, something else of greater significance. We are to look at the sign and have…
There is a heavenly voice, and the Holy Spirit descends. It says that heaven is breaking open and the voice of God, known only indirectly through scripture and the words of the prophets of…