Sunday’s Gospel lesson tells the very sad story of the beheading of John the Baptist. (Click here to read it.) Herod Antipas (not the Herod that in power when Jesus was born) had taken his brother’s wife, Herodias, for his own, obviously an immoral act even by the standards of ancient Rome. John criticized Herod […]
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We have just celebrated Independence Day, July 4. In addition to picnics, cookouts and a long weekend, we celebrate the strength and resilience of our nation through more than two centuries. It’s an interesting contrast then when we read in the lesson from 2 Corinthians that Paul proclaims, “on my own behalf I will not […]
We are in the midst of an arc of stories of miracles of Jesus designed to show Jesus as the One who has authority over all — the natural order, sickness, demons and, finally, over death. The series of miracles culminates with the raising of Jairus’ daughter, but even as Jesus is on the way […]
I have talked with many Christians who are troubled by the fact that in spite of their faith, prayers, trust in God, etc., they continue to live in a storm. The waves crash about them, the lightening threatens to incinerate them. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calms a storm (click here to read it). Doesn’t He calm the storm […]
It is far too easy for us to become accustomed to the miraculous. And when we become accustomed to it, we forget that God is behind it. Do you wonder at how your body works? Yes, I know it may be easier to focus on what doesn’t work, especially as we get older. But the […]
Children do not need to learn finger pointing. We are born with an innate capacity to point blame to others. In fact, among the first words from Adam and Eve were finger pointing! (Click here to read the lesson from Genesis.) In the early part of Genesis 3 (before Sunday’s reading begins) we read of the […]
Even a cursory reading of the New Testament (let alone the Old Testament!) will tell you that keeping the Sabbath was kind of a big deal. Now, we tend to hear that as “Go to church on Sunday.” But for the people of Israel, it was so much more! Most will be aware that for […]
Most people are surprised to learn that the word “Trinity” never appears in the Scriptures, our foundational document, yet the doctrine of the Trinity is central to Christian faith and teaching. Of course, the concept is there. The resurrected Jesus told the disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in […]
It is sometimes said that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Prior to this time, the disciples and apostles followed Jesus in person. They were with Him, watching and learning, preparing for a future that they had no idea was coming. But now they (and we!) are the Church, the Body of Christ! Among […]
The lessons for Sunday bring up the casting of lots, a practice that has fallen into disrepute. When a Diocese prepares to elect a bishop or a parish to call a new rector, no one suggests the casting of lots! The truth is that the casting of lots in the Biblical sense is not the […]