Right at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus apocalyptically announced the coming reign of God. The coming of God into the world is a mix of good news and bad…
The author of Hebrews looks at the crucifixion from a theological standpoint, not focusing on what happened from a historical point of view, but what it means for the world.…

Unbound

October 31, 2021
In today’s Gospel, Jesus raises from the dead his friend Lazarus. “Unbind him and let him go,” Jesus commands when he gets to Lazarus’ tomb. Jesus goes to the place…

Are the Righteous Rewarded?

October 24, 2021
The God who has done these things to Job has spoken out of a whirlwind. That whirlwind becomes a kind of metaphor for the God that we meet in the…

The Ladder of Greatness

October 17, 2021
Jesus changes the definition of greatness. Greatness isn’t about climbing the ladder of superiority, it’s about descending the ladder of humility. Jesus came not to rule and reign but to…

Good Teacher

October 10, 2021
This is a story with a sad ending. Someone is invited to follow Jesus, and the invitee refuses. And yet we must note that the episode doesn’t end with the…

Jesus Christ is Lord

September 29, 2021
The lesson from Hebrews opens with a contrast between the partial revelations of God in the past with the fullness of revelation in Christ. It’s not so much that what…

Dumpster Diving

September 26, 2021
The Christian Church rarely talks about hell, but here is one of the places where Jesus mentions it. His purpose was not judging people to go to heaven or hell.…

The Paths We Travel

September 12, 2021
Jesus in telling the disciples who he is also shows them the path that he will have to travel.  What he tells them doesn’t line up with expectations for what…