Introduction In January of 1967, there was a launch pad test of Apollo 1, which was to be the first flight of a three-man Apollo capsule into Earth’s orbit. Somewhere in the capsule’s 31 miles of wiring, a wire had been stripped of its insulation. The bare wire happened to be near a cooling line, […]

The Family of God

Read Acts 17:22-31 Introduction One of the best-known sentences in English literature is taken from Hamlet’s soliloquy in Shakespeare’s famous play. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” The awareness of ‘being’ is the unique state of humanity that the French philosopher, Rene Descartes famously summarized in the statement, ‘I think therefore […]

None So Deaf

  Read Acts 7:55-60 Introduction A mother can certainly relate to the scene presented in today’s reading [today is Mother’s Day] – a group of people having a temper tantrum! The problem is, these are supposed to be adults, supposedly the wise religious leaders even. Yet, during their angry resistance to his Word Stephen is […]

The Fellowship of Believers

Read Acts 2:42-47 Introduction The Book of Acts tells the story of how Christianity began and spread. As with any historical narrative, Acts omits many details in favor of selected facts that are most important and the events that played critical roles in the development of later situations. In this case, Luke has interpreted the […]

Life Giver

Lazarus Was Already Dead Jesus was at Bethabara, about twenty miles from Bethany (John 1:28; 10:40). If the one traveled quickly the trip could be completed in one day. So, a messenger arrived with news that Lazarus was sick. Then, Jesus sent the messenger back the next day. Then Jesus waited two more days before […]

My Food = God’s Will ~ John 4:5-42

Introduction:                  We recently read of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, wherein a private, deeply theological discussion resulted in a new understanding of spiritual life. Jesus told Nicodemus something that seemed absurd. He said, “you must be born again.” Today we see a similar discussion with someone who was a social counterpart to the Pharisee. She […]

Faith Saves

READ: Romans 5:12-19 (1750 ~ NIV) Paul’s letter to the Romans is best understood by recognizing that there was a significant Jewish population in Rome. Paul was keenly aware that they were residents of a modern, cosmopolitan society. He understood that Roman-secular reason was the dominant ethos. In today’s reading the Apostle anticipates the logical […]

Just Jesus

READ: Romans 5:12-19  Introduction How is it that God to saved sinful humanity through Jesus? We understand that somehow the Son of God took our place on the cross, but how was such a substitution possible? Today’s reading is the centerpiece of the letter to the Romans. Let’s read it again in Eugene Peterson’s excellent […]

Eyewitnesses of His Majesty

Read Matthew 17:1-9 When I imagine this scene, it’s a little like science fiction. Whenever there is a breach between our reality and God’s presence outside of it I picture a “portal.” In science fiction, it is a doorway that connects two distant locations separated by space-time. Something like Stargate, C.S. Lewis’ wardrobe, or Dr. […]

You Have Heard it Said

[This is the last time the Lectionary will take us to the Lake and to the Sermon on the Mount for a while. Next week will be the last Sunday before the season of Lent begins. It will be marked by the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus.] READ: Matthew 5:38-48 Introduction: You’ll recall the […]