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 […]
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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 […]
“A monk does not laugh. A monk is to be serious and sober at all times.” I’m not sure those are the exact words, but it was something like that. I was having dinner at a monastery and one of the brothers was reading from the “Rule” of their order (a common tradition in monastic […]
“God is love.” John uses that phrase twice in Sunday’s lesson from his first epistle (click here to read it). It is a very popular little phrase still. But I wonder sometimes if what we mean by it is what John meant by it. Too often, when I see the phrase “God is love,” what […]
This Sunday is “Good Shepherd Sunday” when we read Psalm 23 and a Gospel lesson from John about Jesus being the “good shepherd.” Psalm 23 is, of course, the favorite of the Psalms, due in part at least, I think, to the bucolic vision. Green pastures, still waters. A table spread before me in the […]
Are you a Christian because it is helps people and society be better, or because you believe it is true? C.S. Lewis often struggled to help folks keep clear that one is a Christian not because Christian faith is good, or helpful, but because it is true. He put it this way: “Christianity is a statement which, […]
Sunday’s lesson from Acts presents a radical economic vision. One that is certainly far from our reality today. (Click here to read the passage.) All things held in common? No private possessions? Lands and houses sold and the money given away? Seriously? Before simply dismissing this passage, or moving into a hippie commune, there are […]
They were unlikely witnesses. Women were not considered reliable witnesses in legal proceedings. Yet, it was women who were the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, and the first followers entrusted to carry the message that “He is alive!” The four accounts of Jesus resurrection (in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) differ slightly in which women were […]
We already know how Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem turns out. We know that the same people who cheered him with loud “Hosannas” on the way in, were shouting “Crucify him!” just a few days later. So, we miss what a celebration it must have been. We hear the story in the shadow of what is […]