06.15.20 – 06.21.20

Readings Genesis 21:8-21  •  Jeremiah 20:7-13  •  Psalm 69:7-18  •  Romans 6:1b-11  •  Matthew 10:24-39 Context Matthew 10:24-39 First, let me proclaim that this is an odd and frustrating passage.  At first read (probably at second, third, and fourth read) this can seem like a very disjointed, and completely unconnected series of comments and statements.  Context is essential in reading, and comprehending, thisContinue reading “06.15.20 – 06.21.20”

06.08.20 – 06.14.20

Readings Psalm 100 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:25 • Romans 5:1-8 Context Psalm 100 Psalm 100 is a familiar text regardless of the type of Christian faith tradition you may come from.  All practices of the Christian faith, as seen throughout different denominations, various worship practices, and even in churches that carry labels (self assigned or givenContinue reading “06.08.20 – 06.14.20”

06.01.20 – 06.07.20

Readings Psalm 8 • Micah 6:6-16 • John 8:1-11 • Acts 4:32-5:16 Context Psalm 8 In the early 1980s a young musician/writer named Michael Smith wrote the song ‘How Majestic Is Your Name’ which was recorded, and made famous, by singer Sandi Patty.  This very simple song, which has become a classic that is still used in contemporary and traditional worshipContinue reading “06.01.20 – 06.07.20”

05.11.20 – 05.17.20

Readings John 14:15-21  •  Psalm 66:8-20  •  Acts 17:22-31  •  1 Peter 3:13-22 Context John 14:15-21 Our gospel passage for this week takes up where we left off last week in the final discourse to his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion.  Remember that Jesus and the disciples have just celebrated the passover meal together, he has instructedContinue reading “05.11.20 – 05.17.20”

05.04.20 – 05.10.20

Readings Psalm 31:1-16  •  John 14:1-14  •  Acts 7:55-60  •  1 Peter 2:1-10 Context Psalm 31:1-16 Our Psalm passage has a direct connection with our Acts reading, it is the passage that Stephen quotes as he is being put to death (vs. 5).  Also, take a moment to consider the imagery of verse 15 with the use of the word  ‘Hand.’ Continue reading “05.04.20 – 05.10.20”

04.27.20 – 05.03.20

Readings Psalm 23  •  John 10:1-10  •  Acts 2:42-47  •  1 Peter 2:19-25 Context This coming Sunday, is commonly referred to as ‘Christ the Good Shepherd’ Sunday.  It is part of the Easter narrative detailing the events following the resurrection up through the accession. The passages this week point us to an understanding of Jesus as our shepherd.   Psalm 23Continue reading “04.27.20 – 05.03.20”

04.20.20 – 04.26.20

Readings Acts 2:14-41  •  Psalm 116:1-19  •  1 Peter 1:17-23  •  Luke 24:13-35 Context Psalm 116:1-19 The Psalmist is reflecting on his/her gratitude for God’s rescue from, and in the midst of, troubling and trying times.  The writer uses beautiful metaphors to articulate, while painting a masterful picture, of the mercy, compassion, and love of God.  ‘God bent (inclined) down toContinue reading “04.20.20 – 04.26.20”

04.06.20 – 04.12.20

Readings Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  •  Acts 10:34-43  •  Colossians 3:1-4  •  Matthew 28:1-10 Context Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 “To read the Bible well, you have to keep flipping backwards. Christians tend to get stuck in the New Testament—evangelicals typically in John or Paul, mainline liberals in the Synoptic Gospels. But the New Testament is merely a reader’s guide to the Old. HardlyContinue reading “04.06.20 – 04.12.20”