Epiphany 4

  1 Corinthians 8:1-13 8Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’ Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 3but anyone who loves God is known by him. 4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols,…

Epiphany 3

Imagine that you get a text on your phone that says, “BALLISTIC MISSLE THREAT INBOUND, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” First I would be surprised that that message ended with a period. I think, if any sentence deserves to end with an exclamation mark it is this one. The style manuals say…

Epiphany 2

1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20] Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 I always feel bad for poor old, half blind Eli, the priest of the Lord at Shiloh who Samuel is about to replace. Eli was of the priestly tribe of Levi and he tended the temple of the Lord where the Ark of…

Baptism of Our Lord

I am fascinated by the image of boundaries presented by the scriptures for this week. I suppose part of this is because of the debates about boundaries and walls in our political discourse today. (BTW: I DO NOT want to get into discussions of particular political policies or politicians in this blog!!!) There seems to…

Bible Survival Blog

Let’s begin a new year with a new approach to Bible Study. We’ll use the new book Surviving the Bible, A Devotional for the Church Year 2018.  In preparation for the upcoming week, we will read the Lectionary Texts – both Readings and the Gospel, as well as study the author’s “decoding’ and “points to…