Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians about having confidence in the resurrection. For him, the resurrection was everything, and without the resurrection, our faith is nothing. Click here to read it. I was reflecting on this passage with my clergy Bible study group and I commented that at St. John’s (and, I suspect, in their […]
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The call of Isaiah (click here to read it) is one of the more stunning visuals from the Scripture. God appears to Isaiah on a “high and lofty” throne, the hem of His robes filling the temple, surrounded by seraphs (angels) with six wings each, and the angels are singing “Holy, holy, holy…” The original […]
Do you believe that God actually has a plan for you? Some will think, “Sure, I’m pretty good at stuff and God has a plan.” Others will think, “Who, me? No way. I’m nothing special.” But, here’s the thing: both are responding to the wrong question. Both responses presume that it is about us. Our […]
What do you want from God? Grace? Forgiveness? Healing? Guidance for important decisions? Yes, these are all things we look to God for, but they are not the primary things that God offers. Consider the middle verses of our Psalm for Sunday (Psalm 19:7-10): 7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; […]
Believe it or not, the Christians in Corinth bickered about who was the most important, who had the best spiritual gifts and who contributed most to the life of the church. I know, it’s hard to believe that Christians would behave that way. But, there you have it! The reality is that even the healthiest […]
For the second time in as many months, we come to John the Baptist’s warning about Jesus that “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Sounds harsh and threatening. But, it really is […]
This Sunday we will celebrate the Epiphany, the “showing forth” of Jesus represented by the visit of the Magi, told in the Gospel of Matthew. Quick note for lectionary wonks: In the Episcopal Church, and at St. John’s, we follow the Revised Common Lectionary, a three year cycle of readings shared by several mainline denominations. If […]
This Christmas season, I’ve found myself with two repeating themes in my prayers. First, I’ve often that we would all encounter Jesus in some new way this Christmas and, second, I’ve prayed for those for whom the holiday is a difficult time. This might be from loneliness, or the grief of having lost a loved […]
I am sometimes amazed at the kinds of things people in Scripture find a cause for celebration. The lesson from Luke includes one of the most beloved songs from Scripture, the Magnificat, also known as the Song of Mary. (Click here to read it.) It records Mary celebrating her blessedness. In hindsight, it is not […]
I was standing at a store waiting patiently for my turn to check out. Or so I thought. The woman at the register suddenly looked a me and said, “Can you smile?” I suppose the tiredness of a long day and a busy season was showing. Then I come to this Sunday’s lesson from Philippians. […]