2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

S. Epiphany 2.20 “Journey of the Magi, Pt. II” John 1:29-42a     If you journey as the wise, magical kings of old, you will discover some interesting side benefits along the way (yes, we know they were wise, magicians. We covered that last time. How do we

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Epiphany Sunday (observed)

S. Epiphany (Observed).20 “Journey of the Magi” Matt. 2:13-23     I love ‘em—the Magi. They are my guys, because: of all the disciples of Christ in all the Scriptures, Old and New Testaments they are the ones I identify with the most, the ones I’d most like

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1st Sunday after Christmas

S. Christmas 1.19 “Collateral Damage” Matt. 2:13-23     “Look what You did! I mean, nice of You, God, to send us a Savior cuter than Baby Yoda—we enjoyed Him almost as much as the Mandalorian—and the vacation, presents, travels and all (if only You could commercialize Christmas,

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4th Sunday in Advent

Advent 4: Matthew 1:18-25 Series A May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Over the many centuries the Christian church has celebrated the birth of Jesus, the primary focus

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3rd Sunday in Advent

S. Advent 3.19 “The Violent Bear It Away” Matt. 11:2-15     Our Gospel today presents 2 conundrums for modern biblical scholars: [and no, the pink candle is not one. Modern scholars know from Matt. 29 the pink candle is for the John the Baptist’s lucky pink polo

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2nd Sunday in Advent

S. Advent 2.19 “Two Ways” Matt. 3:1-12     The December issue of First Things has an excellent article by Michael McClymond called “The Opiate of the Theologians”. Prof. McClymond argues that universalism—the notion that God has to save everyone in order to be a God we could

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1st Sunday in Advent

S. Advent 1.19 “First and Last” Matt. 24:36-44     If you’ve ever been to Jerusalem, if you’ve ever stood on the temple mount (from which you can see the Mt. of Olives across a steep valley, barely a mile away) this passage from Isaiah in our Old

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23rd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 23:19 Luke 21:5-28 “The Only Thing About The Last Day…”     Our Old Testament reading reminds us how unfortunate our Synod’s late and little lamented “Ablaze!” outreach program was—what an amazing advertisement for the utter biblical cluelessness of our Synod’s leadership it presented! The idea

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