Good Friday

Good Friday.18 “Finished” John 19:30 Wow—that’s a whole lot of Scripture there! What to preach on? Well, this one verse jumps out at me: “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “Finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His Spirit.” and from that

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday.18 “Two Views of the Supper” Mark 14:12-26 There are two views of the Lord’s Supper, widely held in Christendom today. The first view is supernatural and sees that the Lord’s Word makes the bread His very Body and the wine His very blood for us

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Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday

Sunday of the Passion.18 “Holy Hatred” John 12:20-43 It has long been a goal of mine—not a major goal, really, more of a “side project, work on it when you have some spare time,” kind of thing—to restore hate to an honored place among the Christian virtues.

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5th Sunday in Lent

Lent 5.18 “Amazed and Afraid” Mark 10:32-45 “Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid.” Why?! Why amazed and why afraid? And could that be some kind of

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4th Sunday in Lent

Lent 4.18 “Snake-bit” John 3:14-21 So with this famous Gospel passage we see the heart of the Christian Faith—how it works. And while the words are simple and familiar and the message entirely straightforward, most of Christendom does not seem to get it, throughout the previous centuries

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3rd Sunday Lent

Lent 3.18 “All Ate Up With Zeal” John 2:13-22 Lent 3.18 “All Ate Up With Zeal” John 2:13-22 I think the WWJD bracelets and t-shirts are a fad that has thankfully passed. If you missed it, good for you, you’re lucky. Basically, it was a popular appeal

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Lenten Vespers II

Lent MW 2.18 “Rejoice” Deuteronomy 14:22-29 I hardly ever do this, but here’s the Old Testament reading that we really should have for this Sunday upcoming, the 3rd Sunday in Lent, to match up with the Gospel of Jesus driving out the money changers with a whip—I

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2nd Sunday Lent

Lent 2.18 “Mindful” Mark 8:27-38 When Jesus and Yoda agree on something, I’ll confess—mmh, mmh, gets my attention, it does. You’re probably only influenced by Jesus, and good for you on that; and you probably are strong when temptation to slip into Yoda-voice comes calling (which, obviously,

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Lenten Vespers I

Lent MW 1.18 “Seed: Not Descendants; Seed…(!)” Gen 17:1-16 So, God is often in the details, the little grammatical nuances that even good translations hide from you so that you can’t see them. So let me be hard on my favorite translation tonight—I criticize the NIV often

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1st Sunday Lent

Lent 1.18 “Subjected” Mark 1:9-15 In Hebrew and in Greek, the word for testing and tempting is the same word. The only way you can tell the difference (if the Hebrews and Greeks even thought there was a difference) is context. Generally English translators think that if

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